Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday announced that casino policy will be announced this month and once the Gaming Commissioner was appointed, local Goans will not be allowed to enter casinos from 2019.
Speaking in the assembly, the Chief Minister said as a policy, Goans would not be permitted to enter the casino playing areas and a mechanism in this regard would be put in place once the Gaming Commissioner was appointed and appropriate rules for regulation would formulated.
The Chief Minister said offshore casinos operating in River Mandovi off the state capital would be relocated to special, designated zones would be notified by the government in the policy.
"As a policy, Goans will not be permitted to enter the casino playing areas. Only visiting tourists shall be allowed. A mechanism will be put in place once the gaming commissioner is appointed," the Chief Minister told the Assembly.
Parrikar said that offshore casinos operating in the Mandovi River off Panaji would be relocated to special designated zones which will be notified by the state government in the upcoming policy. There are currently six offshore casinos operating from the Mandovi River, while there are nine onshore casinos which function in the numerous five star resorts which dot the state. UNI