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GOA ADMINISTRATION PUTS A NEW RESTRICTION ON CASINOS

By Mukul Arora . 6th August 2018 12:30pm
GOA ADMINISTRATION PUTS A NEW RESTRICTION ON CASINOS

Goa is the party capital of India, every year millions of tourists throng this former Portuguese town on India's west coast. What if we tell you that soon Goa will be putting up restrictions on partying and gambling?

and Incessant demands by the opposition as well as civil society organizations to curb gambling habits among the people of Goa, Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar recently announced that from January 2019, only visiting tourists will be allowed to enter Goa casinos.

The aim behind this move is to restrict the entry of locals after the state was criticised for spoiling the social environment of the tourist destination by encouraging gambling. In the Goa legislative assembly, Parrikar told;

“As a policy Goans will not be permitted to enter the casino’s playing areas and only visiting tourists shall be permitted. A mechanism in this regard will be put in place once the gaming commissioner is appointed and appropriate rules for regulation shall be formulated.”,

For now, Goa administration has decided not to allow new floating casinos in the Mondavi river. This move will be affecting the business of existing floating casinos too as govt. have told them to move to other location. A government notification read;

"The government will be identifying the notified gaming zones where present offshore casinos can be shifted. Which means that the government will be identifying the zones. Licenses for the offshore casinos will be issued after they grant their willingness to shift."

However, the business of casino owners will plummet by 50% due to the restriction of Goans into casinos. If the government’s decision in the beginning of the year of increasing the annual recurring fees of casinos by more than 100% is taken down then these casinos might manage to run their business. Only a proper guideline will reveal how the government will thwart locals from entering the casinos. The main issue in implementing this order will be, how the authorities will distinguish between a local and a tourist? If any official documents require inspection then is it possible that people can arrange forged documents to gain entry into the casinos?
At present, the six floating casinos in Goa earn around ₹120-crore annually from a footfall of 400 visitors per vessel, per day during weekends. what's your take on this, do let us know in the comments section below and for more updates keep visiting gabruu.com