No Permission For Casinos In Coastal Areas says Kerala Governement
The heated discussion surrounding online gaming, poker or casinos in the country knows no bound. The year 2020 started with matters concerning Goa and locals forbidden from entering the vessels from 1 February 2020. However, this is not the end, on Wednesday, the Kerala government declined to give permission to casinos in the coastal areas.
In the Legislative Assembly, Kerala’s excise minister TP Ramakrishnan said, “Kerala government to issue licences to units which produce low alcohol liquor. Government has not yet decided to give permission to Casinos in coastal areas.” He also mentioned that closing of bars did not reduce the consumption of alcohol. The government will only issue licences to those units that produce low alcohol.
In the year 2015-2016, about 220.58 Lakh cases regarding alcohol sales had been recorded but in 2018 and 2019 the sale of alcohol in Kerala reduced to 216.34 Lakh cases, said the Minster answering to the queries put forward by the United Democratic Front (UDF) MLA’s in the assembly.
The excise minister further added that the government will open de-addiction centres in all talukas of the state, “Government will open de-addiction centres in all talukas. Will increase the number of beds in existing de-addiction centres,” he added.
While the evergreen matter of Goa casinos and the never-ending debates on the industry keep sprouting up every once in a while. It was only last week that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant prohibited Goans from entering the casinos while state Ports Minister Michael Lobo argued saying Casinos are for tourists and visitors come to Goa only to play in casinos. Further adding that citizens of Nepal and Sri Lanka have been banned from gambling in casinos but Goans are Indian nationals who should be allowed to enter while allowing other Indians. However, the issue still lingers in the air.
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