Ban recruitment of non-Goans in casinos, Churchill tells govt

Reiterates demand to impose hefty entry fee for Goans; Urges Azgaonkar to upgrade infrastructure in Benaulim; Calls for ensuring no delay in shack allotment for the upcoming season

PANJIM: Naitonalist Congress Party (NCP)  MLA Churchill Alemao has asked the State government to ban the recruitment of non-Goans in casinos as it was killing job opportunities for the Goans. 
“Hardly 30 per cent Goans are employed in casinos and the rest are from different places. There are many Nepalese… Government should put a ban on the recruitment of non-Goans and instead ensure our locals are employed in this industry,” he told the House during general discussion on Goa Budget 2017-18, on Thursday. 
He was quick to add that Goans should however not be allowed to play in casinos. He reiterated his demand to impose hefty entry fee for Goans to discourage them from getting addicted to it. 
“I have been demanding to impose Rs 5,000 entry fee for Goans. I understand and agree with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that we generate revenue through this industry and it offers job opportunities, but let there be some restrictions on Goans playing in the casinos,” he said.
On the tourism front, he urged Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar to upgrade the related infrastructure in his constituency and ensure that shack allotment for the upcoming season is not delayed. 
The Benaulim MLA also demanded a 20-bedded health centre in the constituency. 
Further, he alleged scam in fisheries society claiming, “There is no audit or any meeting for nearly nine years. There is a scam of nearly Rs 2 crore. There is no change in the chairman and I seek changes for the better.”

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