Casino Policy Coming to Goa Soon

Manohar ParrikarAccording to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, there will soon be a Gaming Commission that will define a policy, and regulate the casino industry in Goa. At this time, Goa is the only state in India that legally allows live gambling.

There are almost one dozen land-based casinos in Goa that operate out of five-star hotel-casino resorts. There are also five offshore casinos that are located in the Mandovi river. Chief Minister Parrikar has said that he already has an undertaking that comes from the offshore casinos, that they will move their casino boats out of the Mandovi by next year.

While there are many that would prefer that casinos and gambling are entirely abolished in Goa, Chief Minister Parrikar and the Bharatiya Janata Party, who currently form the government in Goa have made a commitment to frame a policy on Goa casinos. When the Bharatiya Janata Party was in the opposition, they held a position that had promised to get rid of the offshore gambling, however, the party is now being accused by civil groups that it is behaving as the previous opposition did.

It is expected that the Gambling Commission for Goa will be created according to similar guidelines as the Nevada Gambling Commission that makes the rules and guidelines for the famous Las Vegas casinos. The Gambling Commission will be set up to regulate the Goan casino industry. Included in the Gambling Commission’s responsibilities would be to make decisions regarding the percentage that casinos are allowed to earn from those that gamble at their facilities. In addition to this, the Gaming Commission would also need to ensure that there is a grievance redressal mechanism that is put in place.

Chief Minister Parrikar said: “Rules are being framed and the same will be notified and implemented once finalized.”