The authorities in Goa have announced that there will be a ban put on casinos. While the casinos will still be open to tourists, locals will no longer be able to frequent the Goan casinos. Those locals who still wish to play in the casinos can do so for another two months, until 28th February 2014, because from 1st March, they will no longer be able to enjoy local casino gaming.
The decision came in the form of an amendment to the gambling act for the state of Goa, and it was announced by Manohar Parrikar, Goa’s Chief Minister. There are more than 12 casinos in Goa. The ban exists not only for the land-based casinos in Goa, but also for the offshore casinos.
Chief Minister Parrikar said: “The act would be amended making it mandatory for the person entering the casino to prove that he is a tourist and not a Goan,”
In addition to that, there will soon be a gaming commissioner appointed, who will be responsible to regular the Goan casino industry.
The Goa casino gaming industry is unique in India in that not only is Goa one of the few Indian states that allows legalized gambling, it also has the only offshore casino vessels in India. The offshore casinos are located in the Mandovi River.
Gambling in India is illegal in most of the country, and those who set up illegal gambling dens run the risk of being arrested. While Goa may have had less restrictions, there have been protests for some time now regarding locals and gambling addiction. These protests led to the change in legislation that was brought about by the ruling political party in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party. When the Bharatiya Janata Party were running in the elections, included in its election manifesto was the decision to ban locals from gambling in the Goa casinos.