“It was neither possible nor desirable to make Goa a fully cashless state,” said Manohar Parrikar.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks, regarding the controversial casinos in Panaji, that the industry could soon go cashless has come as a shock to everyone. The administration is further investigating the possibility of it happening in the near future.

Moreover, this issue would be examined thoroughly through the rules stated in the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976. The following information was exchanged between Manohar Parrikar (finance minister) and Alina Saldanha (BJP legislator) in a written reply, noting that “The subject matter of cashless transactions does not come under the purview of Home Department. However, the issue will be examined as per the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 and rules framed there under.

                                                                               BJP legislator Alina Saldanha

Saldanha, who speaks to the Cortalim assembly constituency, had mentioned that the cash transition in gambling clubs was noteworthy in a loophole. She also asked whether the Goa government was pondering the restriction on utilization of trade out the gambling club.

Goa, at present, has five offshore and a few other land-based operational casinos. They have been constantly scrutinized by different NGOs and political gatherings working in Goa.

Parrikar also mentioned his concern for the investors’ sentiments as huge amounts have been invested in the casinos. Further, the casinos brought employments and income, and moreover improved the state’s tourism industry.

The deep analysis would be done before deciding on whether to shut the offshore casinos some sources reported.

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