Goa Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant has announced that the locals of the state will not be allowed to enter casinos, according to the promises made by the former Chief Minister, the late Manohar Parikar. He furthermore added that the Commissioner of Goods and Services Tax, who is acting as the gaming commissioner, will implement the ban from February 1.
Establishments Against Local Culture
Various political parties and a host of people have been campaigning for a blanket ban on the casinos operating in North and South Goa. They believe that such establishments are against the local culture and are also the reason why many families have been suffering from financial devastation. However, it is no doubt that the coastal state is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world and attracts tourists from almost every part of the world. The state has as many as six offshore and twice the number of onshore casinos operating with a fine footing of local and foreign customers.
The Chief Minister sent a written reply on the mentioned matter and said,
“I had assured the floor of the House during the last Assembly session (August 2019) that Goans would be banned from entering casinos. We are going to implement the assurance from February 1.”
However, no clarification has been given on how the rule will be enforced but it has been stated that the framework will be released in due course of time. There have also been a lot of questions about the status of shifting the off-shore casinos away from the Mandovi river.
Pramod Sawant has said that the home department has allowed the offshore casinos to operate in the river till March 31, 2021 or till an alternate site is notified by the Government, whichever is earlier. That, however, is subject to the fact that the license is active.