The CM from Goa has announced that all residents are now banned from casino gambling.
India.- Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa, has announced that all local residents are banned from entering casinos and placing bets. The measure, which came into effect on February 1, includes a new regulatory body.
The new entity will be formed in the upcoming months and will be in charge of checking whether Goans are gambling or not. Sawant said that the Commercial Tax Commissioner will be appointed a Gaming Commissioner, who will enforce the ban.
“All Goans will be banned from entering casinos for playing purposes from February 1. They can continue to work in the industry, but will not be allowed to gamble,” Sawant said. “The Gaming Commission will be given the powers to formulate rules and regulations for the industry,” he added.
India’s first-ever gaming commissioner will be in charge of a dozen casinos and six offshore facilities that are legally operating in the state. Multiple casino boats have been asked to relocate in recent months, and the new commissioner will have to make sure that they comply.
The authorities continue to look into casino regulation, while some even consider a prohibition. However, following a provision of the Goa Gambling Act, all casinos in the state will undergo a government inspection. The authorities will look into the carrying capacity of both offshore and onshore venues.
The Under Secretary will head the team. It will also include an officer of commercial taxes, assistant engineer of public works department and police inspector of the area concerned. Moreover, an officer from the Goa State Pollution Control Board.