Goa casino policy still under consideration

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant says a policy to govern the state’s casinos, coupled with the establishment of a Gaming Commission, is still under examination.

He gave no timetable for the completion of the review, which was first announced by former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar last year, with the promise of a draft to be released by last August. 

Sawant was responding to an unstarred question raised by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco. Sawant gave his answer in writing to the Legislative Assembly, according to GLaws. He gave no reason for the delay. 

Sawant stated that six licenses have been given to offshore casinos and eight licenses have been issued to onshore casinos. No cases of violation of any casino license term or condition have been reported to the government so far.

Parrikar has proposed the creation of a special entertainment zone, which would involve bringing Goa’s offshore casinos onshore. Analysts have said such a move would be game changing for the state’s gambling industry, paving the way for investment into integrated resorts.