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Days after Manohar Parrikar returned as Chief Minister of Goa, heading the BJP-led administration, fees for casinos were increased by 30% to 50%, depending on the categories. The hike announced in the budget is the third in consecutive years.
The news was reported by the Herald Goa and informed the following hike in fees –
The increase has been announced barely a week before the March 31 deadline for the offshore casinos to be moved out of the River Mandovi, which is quite contradictory and leads one to wonder about the shift. In fact, even before the poll results on March 11, the sixth casino license was renewed for Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited.
Despite the increase, casino operators must rest easy now that Parrikar is back, as he has openly proclaimed casinos as revenue-cows for the state and this move will certainly quell the anti-BJP lobby, which accuses it of being pro-casinos.
Written by: Shyamala Gauri