Goa delays gaming commission

Goa delays gaming commission

The creation of a Goa permanent gaming commission doesn’t seem to be a priority for the government.

India.- Goa is one of the largest gaming districts in Asia and requires proper regulation. However, the creation of a body to oversee the segment is not a priority for the government.

A Goa gaming commission remains on the back burner, as Minister for Ports Michael Lobo told local media. “For now, the top priority for the state government and the chief minister is the resumption of mining activities. The day mining starts, the chief minister will take up all other issues concerning the casino industry. Or else, people will think that the chief minister is framing policies for casinos and no policy or decision to protect the livelihood of lakhs of people dependent on mining.”

Casino inspection

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.

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