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June 22, 2021

Calls on the governmnet to rein in the gambling industry

Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar says Goa is the third largest casino destination globally

Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar says Goa is the third largest casino destination globally
Condemning the growth in the number of casinos in the state, Goa Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar said that Goa was the third largest casino destination in the world after Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore. Madkaikar called on the government to rein in the c
India | 07/29/2016

Condemning the growth in the number of casinos in the state, Goa Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar said that Goa was the third largest casino destination in the world after Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore. Madkaikar called on the government to rein in the casino industry in the state before the casino lobby began to control the state government.

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There is a need to bring control in casinos. If this continues, Goa will go out of the hands of the government and will be controlled by casino lobbies. Tomorrow, the casinos will control Goa. Casinos will decide who the CM is, who the minister is," Madkaikar said while adding that he had personally visited casinos in Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore.

The MLA also urged chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar to visit international casinos to understand their repercussions on a state's society.

Ironically, Madkaikar also highlighted that the state government was losing revenue from the casino industry due to lack of a proper monitoring system of entry and the non implementation of the gaming commissioner

"Revenue leakage is happening in Casinos. There is no control over entry fees," Madkaikar said.

While stating that Goa was the third largest destination for casinos, Madkaikar said that some of the major casino players in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macao had a stake in Goan casinos.

 

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