Stating that casino culture is destroying the Goemkarponn, the Congress party on Tuesday demanded that the government should come out with a clear-cut policy on relocation of offshore casinos.
“The state government is fooling the people; they have granted eleven extensions to the casinos to operate from the river. The government has given another extension of six months… the deadline now ends somewhere in February, so will the government come out clean on this and tell the people whether their promise of the casino policy and relocating the casinos from Mandovi by December would be fulfilled or not,” said All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar.
He alleged that the BJP was fetching money from the casinos by giving extensions after every six months to continue their operation in river Mandovi.
“I have learnt that even if the casinos are moved out of the river, they would be given a better place, mostly near the proposed international airport at Mopa. We demand that the government should disclose the place where they would be shifting the casinos and they should first seek people’s consent before shifting them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chodankar has condemned the government’s decision to restrict the journalists at the state Secretariat when weekly cabinet meetings are held. The media is allowed to enter the minister’s block at the Secretariat only when the cabinet meeting culminates.
“If the government is claiming zero tolerance to corruption, then lift the restrictions on the media. Open your doors to the media. Welcome the media with a red carpet, if you have nothing to hide,” he said.