Maharashtra cabinet approves casino restriction bill; Devendra Fadnavis tweets ‘no place for this culture’
The Bill aims to repeal the 45-year-old Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Tax) Act, 1976, which will ensure that the state will not have casinos in future.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis has said that the state which houses the financial capital of India, Mumbai, does not need casinos because the government had repealed the Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Tax) Act, 1976.
In the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis said it was introduced on July 22, 1976, to grant permissions to start casinos in the state and was cleared, but it could not be enforced as its rules were not framed.
The Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Tax) Act has been in effect since 1976, but has not been implemented till now. Ever since the Act was put in place, interested parties had been approaching the courts seeking permission to set up casinos in the state. In August this year, the state cabinet had decided to repeal this act.
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