Congress workers on Tuesday, January 11, blocked vehicles at the Polem checkpost near the Goa-Karnataka border, demanding a thorough checking of medical documents of passengers entering Goa from Karanataka.
They demanded that RT-PCR reports be made compulsory for people coming from Karanataka.
Congress general secretary Janardhan Bhandari said, "Goa government is using the policy of 'Go to Goa is yours' and is also inviting Omicron to the state. They have failed to halt traffic entering from Karnataka to check RT-PCR and other medical documents.
He further said that the state government was trying to endanger the lives of the people of Goa by spreading the message 'Come, Goa is yours'.
A local resident of Polem, Xavier Viegash, told Gomantak Times that residents of Canacona have to frequently travel to Manipal and Mangalore in Karnataka for medical facilities, markets, eye check-ups, orthopaedics. However, Karnataka check post staff don't allow them to enter with an RT-PCR certificate.
"We have started this agitation open the eyes of the Goa government on this issue," he said.
The Karnataka government has made RT-PCR negative reports from not more than 72 hours or three days mandatory for people from Goa in the wake new Covid-19 variant and surge in the daily Coronavirus cases in Karnataka.