n a written reply in the state assembly Wednesday to a question asked by Congress member Aleixo Reginaldo, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “Rules are being framed and the same will be notified and implementation once finalized.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has committed itself to framing policy on casinos in Goa, the only state in India to permit live gambling.
It will monitor the percentage casinos can make out of gamblers and the implementation of a grievance redressal mechanism. It would also have regulatory power over the state’s five international casinos and the dozens of local casinos that line the coastline.
According to Parrikar, Goa will not renew licenses of the international casinos if they do not comply with his order to move out of the Mandovi River.
By 2015, the Goa government expects all casino vessels to avoid the Mandovi River, which was deemed unsafe for bathing and fishing.