Goa government has earned Rs 4.1bn in revenue for the fiscal year 2018-19 from both onshore and off-shore casinos, said Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant while addressing the state legislative assembly this week.
Sawant has also said earlier that Goa casinos are important and essential for tourism. Sawant was presenting the Performance Budget for the Home department.
It is the home department in the state which implements Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976.
“Under the said Act, presently there are six offshore and eight onshore casinos operating in Goa. The government collected Rs 411.44 crore revenue in the year 2018-19 from these casinos,” said the chief minister.
There has been a popular demand in Goa to ban the offshore casinos. Moreover, it was in the election manifesto of all political parties contesting the Panjim by-poll earlier this year in May.
However, the current BJP-led government has failed to deliver on its promises. On the contrary, the govt is looking at gambling expansion in the state and has plans for airport casinos.
Addressing the legislative assembly recently, Chief Minister Sawant also said that locals will not be allowed in goa casinos.
A week earlier, 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.