Goa has always been a popular tourist destination as well as a premier location for enthusiasts of poker in India. The five offshore casinos currently being run in the Mandovi river, has seen a steady surge in business over the years. The casinos have repeatedly been accused of encouraging gambling among Goans and subsequently not fitting in with “public morality”.
The BJP-led government in Goa on September 27 approved a six-month extension giving a new life to the vessels and assured that a final decision would soon be taken regarding their relocation.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar also urged the people not to draw the wrong conclusion on the decision taken by his cabinet.
Parrikar stated that the decision was in tune with the promise made by him about a new policy to relocate the offshore casinos from the river Mandovi.
He added, "We have extended by six months, but I don't think I require six months. By December as promised, we should be able to come out with a main policy,"
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