Legal Gambling Income Included in Economic Census

There are some unexpected changes that are being included in the 6th Economic Census in Goa. Amidst a number of objections, the revenue from casinos in Goa will be included in the Economic Census.

Those who oppose gambling and casinos would prefer it if the state government left the casinos out of the Economic Census, however, in a state in which casinos are legal, this would make no sense.

Casino operations in Goa not only pay taxes as do other businesses, they provide a large portion of the state’s income. For this reason, the casino business in Goa, including both the offshore casinos and the land based casinos, that are legally operated, and provide income to the state, are included in the census.

By the same token, illegal gambling in Goa, such as matka, a gambling game played on the streets, will not be included in the Economic Census. The legal casinos generate far more economic activity than the much smaller illegal gambling concerns found around the state.

Sunil Jain, the Economic Census’ Deputy Director General noted: “Since casinos are legally permitted in the State, we will consider earnings through casino gambling as an economic activity… casinos are not just gambling but there is revenue generation.”

To help Goans understand the Economic Census better, the joint Director of the Directorate of Planning and Statistics, Vijay Saxena, explained that any bodies that are involved in producing any goods or services that are not only for their own use, but also for the consumption of others, will be counted in the Economic Census. Casinos fall into that category.

Of the more unusual and unexpected changes to the census, this year, for the first time, those that are transgender will also be entered as such, in addition to be noted down as male or female. This year, those that own businesses will also be identified by their religion.