Panaji- The declaration made by Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister of Goa about prohibition on entry of local citizens and tourists less than 21 years of age in the casinos of Goa by the government has not been successful in receiving any word of appreciation from campaigners demanding a total ban on casinos in the state.
A member named Anand Madgavkar of (AAAAG) Aam Aadmi Aurat Against Gambling group that criticizes starting of casinos in Goa stated that all the casinos should be barred in the state. In March, this group had damned the chief minister’s pronouncement about cutting down the admission fee of casinos from Rs. 2,000 to Rs.500 in budget session of 2012. According to another member Sabina Martins of AAAAG, the revision made by the government should be cancelled altogether because the nature of unlawful activity remains the same whether carried out by a citizen of Goa or outsider.
The president of Bailancho Ekvott, Bailancho Ekvott, also wants a complete abolishment of casinos from Goa whether onshore or off-shore. Only a ban on minors wont’ fulfill the purpose according to her. As per statement given by Viegas, the government won’t be successful in stopping people from visiting the casinos if they are unable to stop minors so far.
The casinos should be completely debarred as limited entry will act as a source of attraction for others according to an engineer, James Kurien. A number of families have been ruined due to bad habit of gambling. According to coordinator of Goa’s India Against Corruption, Valmiki Naik, restricted entry is a good move in the beginning but all should be prohibited from entering into the casinos. Also the material making publicity of casinos on public places such as traffic barriers should be taken away to minimize the attraction by people for visiting the casinos.
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