Goa set to revamp gaming laws

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceThe Goa Assembly Session begins next week, with a flurry of new regulations expected for the state’s fledgeling gambling industry.They include the permission to transfer gaming licenses, a complete ban on local residents from stepping into gaming areas of casinos in the state, and the appointment of a gaming commissioner. The appointment will have taken more than a year.The proposals have run into opposition from both pro and anti-gambling factors. The industry argues the ban on locals will be detrimental, while anti-gambling groups object to the transfer of licenses.“The state government announced it in legislature, but has made little headway as yet,” Sabina Martins, Convenor of the NGO Aam Aadmi and Aurat Against Gambling said referring to the commissioner’s appointment. The delay, caused partly due to technical details that needed ironing out, pushed the appointment back by a year and a half. The idea was first...

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