Bill on anvil allowing only tourists, not locals, in casinos

PTI, PANAJI | 26 July 2012 12:57 IST

Announcing that a proposed bill seeks to impose a complete ban on the entry of locals into casinos, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said only the tourists checking into hotels will be allowed there.

"The casino passes will be made available in the hotels. Those who come here just to play at the casinos will not be allowed.

They will have to check into hotel," Parrikar said, revealing provisions under the Casino Bill, to be tabled during the ongoing session of Goa Assembly.

The Chief Minister said there will be a complete bar for locals.

Even the under-21 years tourists would not be allowed.

Those found at casinos without pass would pay a stiff penalty.

Parrikar said that the owner too would be fined heavily in such cases.

In the recent budget, BJP government had cut the price of casino pass from Rs 2,000 to Rs 500, which drew criticism from the right-wing groups.

The coastal state has 14 casinos, six of them off-shore, on the ships anchored in river Mandovi. 

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This decision is downright insulting to Goans. It just shows that the govt. thinks Goans are not mature enough to make the right choice but non-Goans are.

samir

- Samir Kelekar, Bangalore | 26 th July 2012 19:03

 

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