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Goa: CCP removes illegal structures erected by Kings & other casinos

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The City Corporation of Panaji (CCP) took action against illegal construction by Kings Casino and others in Goa on Tuesday, August 8. The CCP members removed the unapproved constructions encroaching onto the promenade area footpath. The illegal structures included signboards and the extension of the entrance, blocking some part of the footpath.

In the video shared by Herald Goa, the CCP workers can be seen taking down signboards and carrying away removed structures. Police presence can also be seen at the site.

While true that casinos are one of the biggest revenue generators for the state exchequer, some of them do indulge in illegal activities at times, in this case creating public nuisance as well.

Recently, CM Pramod Sawant shared in the monsoon session of the Assembly that the casinos generated Rs 936.64 crore for the state treasury in the period April 1, 2019 to July 15, 2023. When it comes to annual revenue generation the figure comes to Rs 368.50 crore for the state as license fees.

Meanwhile, the GST Council recently decided that casinos, along with online real money gaming and horse racing clubs, will be taxed at 28% on full face value. The decision is expected to generate more revenue than the current levels, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

Notably, Goa was not in favour of the decision along with Sikkim and Delhi. Both the small states, Goa and Sikkim, wanted the tax to be levied on gross gaming revenue (GGR).

Meanwhile, the opposition in the state has criticized the government for its stand, claiming that the latter works for the welfare of casinos and not the people.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) General Secretary Vijay Bhike has alleged that the state is not working in the public interest. He suggested that the government should focus on other welfare options rather than helping the casinos with lower taxes.

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