Thursday, 1 October 2015

Call for repeal of laws allowing casino gambling in Goa

Date: 30th September 2015


To,

The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula, Goa


To,

The Chief Minister,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa


To,
The Leader of the Opposition,
Goa Legislative Assembly,
Porvorim, Goa


To,

The Chief Secretary,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa



Subject: Call for repeal of laws allowing casino gambling in Goa and stop casino installation at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bambolim

Dear Madam/ Sir,

It is our sincerely call to repeal all the laws in the State of Goa that permits Casino gambling. Goa is the only state in India, which has relaxed its ‘Prohibition on Gambling Act’, which is titled “The Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976”. By the “ The Goa Public Gambling (Amendment) Bills , passed in 1996, 1997 and 2008, live gaming is allowed on “Vessels Offshore” . Such gaming is permitted by the State Government of Goa by issuing a licence / authorisation against payment of the prescribed fees. The licence / authorisation is valid for a certain period of time and allows offshore vessels to carry out the gaming activity.Essentially, this means that other than at the berth itself, gaming activities can be carried out anywhere on a vessel parked in the water area, if a licence has been obtained from the State Govt.

Now there are instances that casinos are not only operate in Rivers like Mandovi but also on land in various parts of Goa.
Casinos has majorly contributed towards transforming Goa into the brothel of the East thanks to the above laws. And this is not all now we have come to understand that after public opposition to Casino vessels in Zuari we have come to know from reliable sources that Hotel Grand Hyatt is working to set up casino in Hotel premises in Bambolim village.
We wish to let you know that we are in complete opposition to the starting of this casino in Hotel Grand Hyatt which is already illegal violating CRZ laws and needs to be demolished. Goa Government instead of carrying on demolition has been facilitating casino installation for gambling purpose. What is visible that Goa government has been protecting CRZ violations by Hotel Grand Hyatt and Cidade de Goa and demolishes people’s houses on Baina Beach. This attitude of Goa Government is unacceptable to us.
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

       Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Goa State Unit

        
         Sd/-
Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mutkti Morcha,
Cacra unit


           Sd/- 
Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Bambolim unit


          Sd/-
Soccoro Braganza
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Siridao Unit


           Sd/-
Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Curca Unit


          Sd/-
Sitaram Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Odxel Unit


       Sd/-
Milind Palkar
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Nauxi unit


        Sd/-
Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Siridao Unit


        Sd/-
Deu Kankonkar
Secretary, Bharat Mukti Morcha,
Nauxi Unit






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