Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has pledged to shut down illegal online casinos in response to allegations of their operation within the state. India has faced many issues with illegal online casinos. However, this problem seems to be rife in all gambling in India, as many illegal land-based casinos are shut down regularly.
During Zero Hour, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai raised concerns that these illegal casinos were causing a loss in government revenue, stating that there were over 50 such casinos operating in the state, with 13 in his own constituency alone.
Sawant reassured the House that all illegal casinos would be closed immediately, and Sardesai called for action to be taken against operators who collect illegal payments, warning that he would contact the Union Home Minister if no action was taken.
Offshore casinos describe a number of cruise liners offering casino games for Indian betters. These establishments typically pay the government around Rs 40 crore annually, while those with slot machines pay Rs 16 crore, making the issue of illegal casinos particularly pertinent to government revenue.
The next step the Indian government needs to take is towards legalizing, or rather, defining the laws of online gambling within the country. This has been a long on-going battle within parliament. However, the legalization of online Indian casinos will be able to help the government minimize illegal action.