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09 May 2012

PANAJI: Members of the Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG) on Tuesday met chief minister Manohar Parrikar demanding legislation to stop casinos in the state at the earliest.

Speaking to mediapersons after meeting the chief minister outside his official residence and handing over a memorandum to him, AAAAG convener Sabina Martins said that all the amendments made to the Goa Gambling Prevention Act of 1976 to permit casinos offshore and in hotels (onshore) should be repealed.

"The annual licences given to the casinos should not be renewed. No new casinos should be permitted. No new vessels or premises for casinos should be permitted under the licences held by the casino establishments," the organization demanded in its memorandum to Parrikar.

The organization also demanded that no casinos should be allowed to operate in residential neighbourhoods and within 100m of any worship/educational institutions. AAAAG also said that in the interim period of phasing out the casinos, the licence fees should be reverted back to 2000.

"The reduction of the licence fees to 500 has increased the number of people going to the casinos, which will lead to more addiction, crimes, economic destitution and social problems," the AAAAG has stated in the memorandum.

AAAAG has also demanded that regulations should be in place to check the casinos until they are asked to go.

Another demand was that advertisements of casinos should stop. The Goa Gambling Prevention Act prohibits advertisement. All addictive substances like alcohol and tobacco have explicit laws prohibiting advertisements. These laws should be made more watertight so as to plug loopholes, the NGO has stated.