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Goa considering Playboy's proposal to set up club: Minister

Panaji:  Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told the state legislative assembly today that the government is considering Playboy's proposal to set up a club at Candolim beach, responding to a question by BJP legislator Michael Lobo on the floor of the House.

Mr Lobo had asked whether permission has been granted to Playboy to operate a shack at Candolim beach, while Mr Parulekar replied that the proposal is under consideration.

However, the tourism minister said that the government will not encourage tourism trade which promotes "vulgarity".

The minister's statement contradicts the announcement made by Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had publicly assured that Playboy would not be allowed in the state as it might promote "vulgarity".

The Indian franchise of the US-based group had announced its plans in November last year to set up a club in Goa.

Playboy's property at Candolim beach has been planned as the first among 100-odd properties the group intends to open in India during the next ten years.

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