Rules banning casino entry for Goans to be notified
The State government is in the process of drafting rules under Goa Public Gambling (Amendment) Bill 2012, which include banning of entry of Goans to casinos and establishing a gaming commission to regulate all aspects of offshore and onshore casinos.
The rules would be notified before the Winter Session of State Legislative Assembly. Sources in the Home Ministry confirmed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was not happy with the rules, which were drafted, soon after the Bill was introduced. Hence the directions were issued to draft fresh rules, laying more emphasis on banning entry of Goans into casinos.
“Chief Minister wants to notify the rules before the next assembly session. The rules will be drafted by mid-December and would be sent for legal vetting,” a source said.
The Bill, which was introduced during the Monsoon Session of the House, also restricts entry of youth under the age of 21 in the gaming area. Section 13(G) of the Bill says no person other than a tourist shall have entry to the place or area where the game/games as authorised under section 13(A) are actually conducted.
The casino operators from Goa, while welcoming the Bill had stated that, a gaming commission or a regulatory authority was ‘absolutely essential' to monitor casino gaming arenas in the state.
The Bill had also decided to notify designated gaming areas and to incorporate penal provisions with regard to prosecution and fine and provision for compounding of offence. If convicted, a person will face imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine not less than Rs 10 lakh which may extend to Rs 20 lakh or both. [H]