Casino operators in India fear government planning to ban locals

Apr 17, 2017 10:00 AM

In India, casino operators in the state of Goa remain concerned that the government is planning to ban the entry of local persons to casinos, according to IIFL Holdings, an international financial group.

The Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar said that gambling is not good and the government cannot promote it. Local media report that the Goa government will not shut off the casinos to locals immediately, but is planning to do so in coming months.

Goa is one of the few states in India where gambling is legal. Casinos in Goa can be found on boats anchored in the Mandovi River, and onshore in some upscale hotels.