Goa: Chief Minister confirms draft banning locals from casinos is under consideration

Posted: Feb 02, 2021 17:04 Category: Asia , Posted by Content Team

Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, has also highlighted the economic benefits of the casinos in Goa

The casino industry has generated revenue amounting to over Rs1277.29 crore to the State’s coffer since 2012, according to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

Chief Minister Goa Pramod Sawant-1The total amount of Rs1277.29 crore is split with – offshore generating Rs785,52,97,280 and onshore casinos generating Rs491,76,56,198 as at January 20, 2021.

Goa is home to a number of well known floating casinos, and it is a state known for its electric scene and bustling nightlife. The offshore casinos are moored in the Mandovi River while land-based casinos can be found in high end hotels and beaches.

However, there is some uncertainty regarding the future of Goa and its nightlife as transport minister, Mauvin Godinho, has called for the relocation of the offshore casinos in a bid to ease Panaji’s traffic congestion and pollution issue.

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Furthermore, Pramod Sawant, when answering questions put forward by BJP MLA Atanasio Monserrate, Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Prasad Gaonkar, stated that the draft banning Goans from casinos is currently under consideration from the government.

An amendment to the Goa Gambling Act means that only foreigners will be able to enter casinos.
Sawant has also said that the offshore casinos will be moved but ruled out any proposal to relocate them away from the River Mandovi.

Source: HeraldGoa

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