Goa’s Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant has said that locals would not be allowed to try their luck at casinos in the coastal state.
Speaking in the legislative assembly, Sawant told the lawmakers that according to the Goa Gmabling Policy, the government will soon announce a date after which entry of locals to Goa casinos will be completely restricted.
The restriction on entry of locals in the state casinos was also first talked about by late Chief Minister Manohar Parriker. However, it was never brought into effect.
Currently, there are six offshore and eight onshore casinos operational in the state.
“I am of the opinion that Goans should not be allowed in casinos. The Goa Gambling Policy makes it clear that casinos are allowed only for tourism purpose and not for Goans to visit,” Sawant said while speaking in the debate on the Demands for Grants on Home department.
“We have to sit and fix a date after which Goans will not be allowed to enter casinos. They would be barred from entering offshore and onshore casinos,” he added.
Goa government has been facing a public outcry over its failure to deliver on pre-poll promises of banning all offshore casinos in the state.
The government has also been alleged by opposition lawmakers of being in cahoots with the gambling industry mafias.
Recently, Churchill Alemao, an NCP MLA from Benaulim, Goa demanded that 80 percent of the casino jobs be reserved for the Goan youth in the state’s flourishing casino and gambling industry.