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Goa to shift off shore casinos to designated zones, ban entry of locals

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Porvorim:  Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today told the House that the Casino policy for the State would be ready within this month which will shift the off shore casinos to designated spots.

He also said that the entry of locals would be barred at these spots.

 “Casino policy would be ready within this month and government will identify and notify the designated zones where the off shore casinos can be shifted,” he said.

Parrikar said that the licences would be issued to the existing off shore casinos provided they give their willingness in writing to shift to the designated spot. The willingness has to be given within a year while they will be granted maximum period of four years to shift to the designated spot, the chief minister said.

He said that the validity of the licenes for the Casinos would be for the tenure of 10-15 years “taking into account, huge investment required for such projects.”

Parrikar said that the gaming commissioner shall be appointed by the end of December 2018.

In a major announcement, Parrikar said that as per the policy, Goans will not be allowed to enter the casinos and the playing areas. These areas, he said, would be open only for visiting tourists.

“A mechanism in this regard (to ban locals and allow only visiting tourists) would be put in place once the gaming commissioner is appointed,” he said.

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