Goa govt. to table casino policy in Assembly

Presidential Election 2017 Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Has Cast His Vote

Presidential Election 2017 Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Has Cast His Vote

The state government will come up with a policy on casinos in the upcoming monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly, scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

While Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, still a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, voted here, three MPs from the state - Union Minister Shripad Naik, South Goa MP Narendra Savoikar (both from the Bharatiya Janata Party) and Shantaram Naik (Congress) - cast their votes in New Delhi.

"Based on these guidelines, a policy will be brought out", Parrikar said.

The Opposition has attacked the BJP for its alleged proximity to the offshore casino industry, especially after a sixth offshore casino vessel which was being steered from the Arabian Sea into the Mandovi river ran aground at Miramar beach due to stormy weather. "Hence, trawlers do not venture into the high seas during this unsafe period". Expressing his sympathy for those injured during the grounding of the casino vessel, the TCP minister said, "It (casinos) is the chief minister's domain, but there will be a unanimous cabinet decision announcing the government policy on casinos during the assembly session. It will be for the people to protect the rivers and not the gamblers".

Five offshore casinos operate in the Mandovi river, while 10 others operate from hotels and resorts in the five-star and above category.

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