PANAJI: Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister of Goa informed that a gaming commission will be put up by the government to make legal the functioning of casinos in the state. To make a complete set of rules in relation to casinos is also being thought over by the government. The women workers in the casinos will be banned, the use of personal chambers or rooms will be controlled and consistent software will be looked for in order to standardize the gaming machines, according to the new set of rules.
As per Parrikars information to the Parliament, there are 16 onshore and 6 offshore casinos operational in the state. All these casinos are granted licenses by the state, out of which 3 onshore licenses have been granted licenses during Apr. 2009 and Mar. 2012 whereas there were no offshore casinos for which state granted licenses during this time period. At the same time, the state is lacking a system or device to show the number of Goa citizens who visit the casinos. He added that only 12 casino operators in the state abide by the rules and regulations of the state while 10 of them are not doing so against whom the corrective measures are to be taken according to requirement of law.
Profit returns amounting to 55.80 and 7.52 crores have been produced by the offshore and onshore casinos during Mar. 2010 and June 2012 respectively. Nine casinos in the state have failed to pay an amount of 5.78 crores to the government.
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