Panaji: Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly
Manohar Parrikar (BJP) on Thursday claimed that "activities" at
off-shore casinos were resulting in the rising number of
abortions in the city.
"The kind of activities that happen at midnight on the
road running adjacent to the off-shore casinos are
disgusting," Parrikar said in the House today.
Quoting his doctor friends in the city, he said the
number of abortions had risen due to this.
He demanded that the state government ban the entry of
persons below 21 years into off-shore casinos.
"Casino is a prohibited activity and that is why you can
regulate activities here. Do not allow the person below 21
years of age to enter the casinos," the BJP leader said.
He also pointed out the reply tabled in the House by
state Home Ministry which said that there were no restrictions
on women and children entering the casinos.
State Home Minister Ravi Naik said that youths below 21
years would not be allowed in the casino, and necessary rules
were being drafted.
Experts would also study whether employees at the casinos
could be exempted from the age bar, he said.
"Besides, a committee under the director, financial
intelligence unit, Ministry of Finance, Government of India,
has examined issues in detail and submitted its
recommendations to the Union Government," Naik said.
The committee had recommended a comprehensive legislation
and setting up of a gaming commission to regulate the casinos
in Goa, he informed the House.