Panaji, April 15: After Goa banned late night parties, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar planning to ban the locals from entering to casinos. Also, CM promised to enforce the long-ignored ban on loud music and late-night dance parties after 10 pm.
Goa has six casino vessels and about a dozen onshore casinos that operate out of five-star resorts which contribute about Rs. 200 Crore a year to the state revenue."Gambling is not good. If we can, we should remove it from the state," he said. CM also said that it is human nature to gamble that is why we cannot eradicate it completely".
The government will relocate offshore casino vessels from River Mandovi to another location. The government will not shut down the casinos immediately, as some companies have invested a lot in them, he added. The government's decisions are surely going to impact bars, clubs, and casinos in the coastal state.
"There is a legal ban on holding parties after 10 pm. The ban will be upheld by the state government," Parrikar said. The government has pegged its anti-casino and -late night party’s stance on the "degeneration of Goan culture" that these allegedly promote.
"We have projected 11% GDP growth in the recent budget, but I feel we will go up to 14-15%. GST regime will help Goa as it is a consuming state. Tax and services contribute to the revenue. Also, I don't think the liquor ban will have much impact on revenue. We will find a solution for that. We are also trying to rehabilitate establishments which are affected by the Supreme Court order," he added.