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Goa government likely to introduce amendments by year end to phase out casinos



Exclusive  In response to a petition filed by the Aam Aurat Aadmi Against Gambling (AAAAG) to impose stricter regulations on casinos and eventually ‘phase out’ casinos, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is said to have assured civil society activists that he is actively working on measures to discourage the casino industry and possibly even phase out offshore casinos in a few years.

It is learnt from civil society activists who attended the meeting with Parrikar that the Chief Minister responded positively to the demands of AAAAG and told them that he was actively considering bringing amendments to the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act 1976 to curb the influence of casinos. It is understood that any amendments or new legislations can only be brought in after July when the Goa legislative assembly commences its monsoon session.

Chief Minister Parrikar reportedly demanded “more time” to finalise the process and manner of curbing the casino industry and assured action on the matter soon.

Some of the expected amendments in the Gaming Act could include limiting the entry to casinos to non-residents of the state above 21 years of age and pushing the casinos outside the territorial waters of the Goa, both these plans have been suggested by Parrikar when he was the Leader of Opposition. The vessels housing casinos currently admit all individuals above 21 years of age and are parked in the Mandovi River.

While it is highly unlikely that the casinos would be banned immediately, one may expect a long-term plan from Parrikar to limit the influence of casinos and eventually phase out the casinos by not renewing their licenses. It may be noted that Parrikar has been a vocal critic of the casino industry and has even demanded the closure of offshore casinos in the past. As evident from the hike in casino taxes and license fees, one may expect further regulations curtailing the casino industry very soon.

Jay has researched extensively on gaming laws and has been cited by various media houses and journals as an expert. He has helped leading newspapers in their stories on gaming laws. Jay completed his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS, Kolkata in 2015 and is currently based out of Mumbai.



  1. Kuberan

    June 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    So is there a chance for casinos in goa to be closed when I go there in the last week ok august this year. I am a resudent of Tamil Nadu

    • Jay Sayta

      June 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      No, it is impossible that the casinos will be shut down in the next couple of years. To clarify for our readers: even if amendments to the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act are introduced this year, casinos will be phased out gradually, i.e. licenses of the casinos will not be renewed. This move can only be spread out over the next 5-7 years and the situation is unlikely to change in the next couple of years.

  2. nomad436

    August 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Ha as if the casino’s are going to sit back n watch when there is so much money at stake .

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