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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Goa should not be known as casino destination: Wagh

PANAJI: The ruling benches, on Tuesday, joined the opposition in its ‘fight’ against the casino industry in the state, and condemned the government for not fulfilling its poll promise of getting rid of the casino industry.
Deputy Speaker and St Andre MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh opposing the casinos said that Goa should not be known as casino destination.

Wagh said “Alongwith casinos, we are also welcoming a lot of vices which will harm our society.”
Opposing the on-shore casino at a resort in Bambolim, he said that the casino is spread over 25,000 square feet and is tipped to be the largest casino in the country.
“It is a serious issue that the local MLA and the panchayat are not aware of the project and whether the permissions have been granted. I’ll oppose this casino in the interest of the people of the state,” he added.
Taking a dig at the government, Margao MLA Digambar Kamat demanded action taken report on budgetary allocations and performances for the year 2015-16.
He further said that contract labour across the state are in distress due to injustice being met out to them.
“Even after years of working on contract when the department advertises for regular posts, these employees are not appointed”, he added.
He alleged that the Chief Minister is not willing to take a decision on the MOI issue.
He demanded that the government should not keep the uncertainty and resolve the issue.
He also came down heavily on the government for the constant delay in completing the new South Goa District Hospital.
He said, “People do not want to go to Hospicio. There are no medicines available and basic medical equipments needed to treat the patients.”
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai alleged that the casino industry is being protected by the government and the casinos have become above the law and do not care for the government.
“Casino is going the mining way, and fly-by-night operators are being promoted and the bubble will burst soon,” he added.
He further said that the life saving ambulance service, 108 has become a hearse van.

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