Casinos in Goa have been asked to cease operations for a full 24-hour time period on Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhi Jayanti is to be held on 2nd October 2017 in order to commemorate the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.
Home Department Requested the Casino Closure
The Home Department sent out a notification requesting that the Goa casinos remain closed on Gandhi Jayanti. The notification was sent to both land-based casinos and off-shore casinos anchored in the Mandovi River.
The order clearly stated: “In order to pay homage and respect to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the Goa government will observe a dry day on 2nd October.”
The commemoration day has also been declared a dry day. This means that no alcohol may be sold in Goa or in other locations in India on Gandhi Jayanti.
The notification further noted: “All the casino licensees are directed by the Department of Home to stop the operations of the casinos in Goa on 2nd October from 12am for 24 hours.”
The notifications were sent to all the casinos in Goa. There are more than a dozen land-based casinos that are found in top hotels, along with the five Mandovi River casinos.
New Rules for Goa Casinos
New rules with regards to the regulation of Goa casinos have been approved by the law department. The rules will come into play pending the approval of the Chief Minister.
The new rules include the appointment of a gaming commissioner. The commissioner would be chosen by the Chief Minister. The commissioner could be an IAS officer or someone from the state cadre.
An official explained: “Upon approval by the Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister, we will place the file for approval of the cabinet. The Chief Minister may suggest some changes. Upon effecting those changes, the draft rules will be sent for cabinet approval.”