The Meghalaya government has decided to delay its plan to grant permission for casinos in the state, due to pressure from religious groups and other sections.
Shillong: The Meghalaya government has decided to delay its plan to grant permission for casinos in the state, announced by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today, due to pressure from religious groups and other sections. Although three licences have already been issued by the state government, which won’t technically be cancelled but will lapse in six to eight months, sources said.
The decision to promote casinos was taken with the aim of boosting tourism in the state, as stated by the chief minister’s elder brother.
Conrad Sangma said, “We have given instructions to stop any further process from happening. We have communicated to everybody now not to move further, “he added.
The Trinamool Congress, the main opposition party, continues to call for the government to completely repeal the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act and Rules, 2021, which included provisions for casinos. However, the chief minister claimed that the law’s purpose was to regulate already-existing casinos to generate money for the government.
Trinamool leader George B. Lyngdoh observed, “This government is disorganised and has various directions and multiple goals.” ” They ought to correct their errors and repeal the Gaming Act. The benefit of the public should be considered when the government takes any decisions.
Earlier, at a party meeting, Chief Minister Sangma discussed the casino controversy and assured everyone that there would be no more progress on the issue without taking people into confidence. “There is no question of further movement on this line.”