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Many of them are running shacks and bakeries along the tourist coastal belt

Government has `clinching evidence' of deals struck by foreigners violating provisions of FEMA Disciplinary action to be taken against sub-registrars responsible for registering such property State police have issued deportation orders to many foreigners who were overstaying

PANAJI: Continuing its drive to tackle the problem of foreigners on tourist visa illegally buying property and running businesses in the State, the Goa Government on Friday decided to initiate a series of steps, including confiscating the land purchased by such foreigners, wherever it is established that the deal violated the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA).

Chief Secretary J.P. Singh told The Hindu on Saturday that the Government had taken the issue seriously as it had "clinching evidence" of several deals struck by foreigners violating the provisions of FEMA. The Government would take disciplinary action against sub-registrars who were responsible for registering such property, Mr. Singh said.

The Government had directed the sub-registrars to forward details about land deals during last three years to the Home Department.