Four offshore casinos to be moved out


 The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar said the four offshore casinos presently operating in Mandovi river would be moved out, and the citizens of Panaji would be free from the related problem.
"Before I step down as the Chief Minister of the state, I will ensure that there are no offshore casinos in river Mandovi," he added, pointing out that these vessels could very well be placed in Arabian Sea or some other solution implemented.
The Chief Minister said that Goans would not be permitted on the offshore casinos from January/ February 2012, and only tourists would be able to visit them.
"A related legislation has already been enacted, and rules are being presently formed in this direction," he added, pointing out that one of the two non-operative offshore casino vessels anchored in Mandovi river is being acquired by the tourism department.
The Chief Minister also said that many a times he is asked as to whether the former chief minister, Mr Digambar Kamat would be arrested for mining illegalities. "I will only say that the guilty would be punished and it all depends on how well the investigation agencies function," Mr Parrikar, who also holds the home portfolio, observed noting that there might be few arrests in this context.
"The basic problem, however, is that whenever I take action, people feel that I have turned vindictive," he maintained, informing that he has already given directions to the investigating officers that no culprit should escape.
Mr Parrikar further stated that the investigation into the rice scam as linked to the ration supply, when completed would see many people going behind bars. "I am personally taking direct review of the investigation in this matter," he added.
Stating that his government is all for no tolerance to drugs and crimes against women, including prostitution, the Chief Minister said that he would not spare even a police officer if he gets indulged in such crimes. "A number of Nigerian gangs linked to the drug trade have already been bust, and some of the members of these gangs deported," Mr Parrikar revealed mentioning that it would take some time for him to built intelligence network in the state. "I assure the Goans that the Sunburn party scheduled in Goa later this month, will not be allowed to sale and use even a single cigarette," he concluded. [NT]