Entry of Locals Banned to Casinos by Goa Government in Near Future

Manohar ParrikarThe Goa Government has recently announced that the local people would be soon prohibited from entering the casinos over there.

Manohar Parrikar who is the recently elected Chief Minister of BJP Party has stated in a recent interview with the local media that government would not allow gambling to go forward. The government might not altogether ban the casinos but it might take appropriate steps to restrict its operations.

Only 3 states in India are allowed to do gambling and Goa is one of them. There is a total of 6 offshore casinos and 11 land-based gaming facilities in the state of Goa. In this state, gambling has been a critical issue on a political level.

Manohar Parrikar made the following statement in public:

It is human nature to gamble that is why we cannot eradicate it completely, but definitely we cannot encourage it. That is why we had decided on a policy to ban Goans from going to casinos. A lot has been done about it and in the days to come there will be a complete ban on locals going to casinos.

The Times of India

He has however emphasised that the casinos would not be shut down altogether because money of several companies is involved in them. As per the government, activities like late night parties and gambling are affecting the culture of Goa. Recently, it has been announced by the Goa government that it would enforce an existing ban on loud music and parties after 10’o clock at night.

In addition to this, the Supreme Court of India has also issued the order for the ban on the sale of liquor near state and national highways.

The casino revenues are likely to be hit badly after the ban of locals. The business in the bars and clubs are also affected due to this. But Parrikar believes that the ban will have no bad impact on the economy of the state.

The Chief Minister is of the opinion that the state will experience a GDP growth of 14-15% which is more than projected growth of 11 percent. He further added that the introduction of GST by July will also improve the economy of Goa. Parikkar said that the government is making strong measures in order to rehabilitate establishments affected by the ban of Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister has promised that the floating casinos would be relocated from River Mandovi to another place, repeating earlier promises with regard to the long-running issue of finding casinos at a permanent location.

Earlier this year, the government extended the deadline by shifting offshore casinos to 30th September 2017. The previous government stated that it was taking measures to update the gaming regulations in Goa and creating a gambling commission.

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