The casinos operating in Goa may soon have to adopt digital transactions over cash transactions. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has told the assembly on Thursday that the government will look into the matter and the possibility of it happening.
“However, the issue will be examined as per the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976, and rules framed thereunder,” Parrikar was quoted by the IANS. He said it in the written reply to a question by BJP legislator Alina Saldanha at the ongoing monsoon session of the Goa assembly.
Saldanha , who represents Cortalim assembly constituency, had mentioned cash transactions in casinos was a major loophole. She asked whether the Goa government was contemplating the prohibition on use of cash in the casino.
Goa currently has five offshore and a few land casinos operating. They have been criticised by various NGOs and political parties operating in Goa.
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