Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is a worried man these days as girls have started consuming alcohol.
"I have begun to fear now because even the girls have started drinking beer. The tolerance limit is being crossed," said Parrikar, whose coastal state is one of most sought-after tourist destinations.
"I am not talking about everyone. I am not talking about these people who are siting here," he said addressing the State Youth Parliament, an event organised by the state Legislature Department Porvorim.
Earlier, talking about the narcotics trade in Goa, he said a crackdown on the drug network in the state has been going on and this will continue till drugs are out of sight.
"I have no belief that it will come down to zero. I personally do not believe that there is much proliferation (of drugs) in colleges,” he said.
Parrikar said that "it's (drug abuse) not today's phenomenon" and that even when he was studying at IIT there was a small group there that did ganja. "It's (drug abuse) is not to that extent, but we are definitely worried because of the drugs syndicate," he said.
"I gave directions in August 13, 2017 and since then more than 170 people have been arrested for drug peddling." Those with small quantities are released by the court after 8-15 days, Parrikar said, adding that the "court has become very lenient".
He also asked parents to keep an eye on children if they were leaning towards taking drugs.
His remark came even as a minister from the BJP’s state ally criticised domestic tourists in Goa, calling them "scum of the earth”.