No ‘matka’ gambling centre operating in Goa, says CM

No ‘matka’ gambling centre operating in Goa, says CM

Panaji, Aug 2 (IANS) There is no ‘matka’ gambling centre operating in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the assembly on Tuesday against the backdrop of an ongoing police investigation into the matter.

“There is no ‘matka’ booking centre in the state. However, whenever ‘matka’ gambling activities are noticed or upon receipt of reliable information, cases are registered by the police,” Parsekar said in reply to a question by Francisco Pacheco, Goa Vikas Party legislator from Nuvem.

The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court is currently overseeing a Crime Branch probe into the nexus between matka gambling lobby, the politicians and the police.

Matka is an illegal form of gambling that has gained immense popularity in Mumbai and Konkan region since the 1970s. It functions six days a week, virtually like a lottery, where lucky numbers are generated thrice every day.

Matka’s popularity stems from the fact that one can wager as small an amount as one rupee.

The matka industry in Goa alone is pegged at several thousand crore of rupees. Several legislators and ministers in successive state governments have demanded its legalisation.

3 Comments

  1. I personally feel that “Matka” should be legalized as this type of gambling, from what I have heard, is poor people’s lottery. Some people playing “Matka” in a judicious manner stand to earn more money by winning, then they have spent in gambling. I have earned of monied people gambling and earning quite a good income to keep their “choola” burning.

    Further, I prefer “Matka” to be legalized to prevent police earning bribes.

    Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar make the laws simple, short and sweet to avoid corruption and earnings for police and sleazy politicians by way of bribes.

  2. The assurances given at the time of the Assembly elections remain unfulfilled to this day. Former Chief Minister Parrikar had assured that off shore casinos would be moved out of the Mandovi river. However, further and bigger casino boats have been parked in the Mandovi river recently and some more are expected to be stationed there.

    After coming to power, then chief minister Manohar Parrikar and now his successor Laxmikant Parsekar however did a u-turn on the promise made in the BJP poll manifesto, by insisting that the casinos will have to stay put because of the quantum of revenue they contributed to the state’s coffers.

    Goa attracts every year nearly three million tourists, of whom several thousand account for the footfalls in the casinos.

    The Goa state has turn to Gamblers’ den with increasing revenue from narcotics controlled by Nigerians, israelis and Russian drug syndicates.

    Thanks to BJP in power, the house of Roman Catholic missionary,Saint Francis Xavier Body In Goa fast becoming a Las vegas of India with increasing illegal activity.

    Jai Hind

  3. It appears you have not had fun in the world’s most permissive and westernized Islamic country and, if that is so, then you are to be blamed. Enjoy the Turkish bath and their cuisine?

    As far as I am concerned Goa is a beautiful and peaceful place and it is just the opposite of that place which you praise by belting out Abba numbers. Yes, there are Casino ships, but it is up to you to visit it or not, once there to decide what you want to gamble and when do you want to stop, especially when you have won money or are losing. When you buy the ticket to board this ship, there is a certain amount of money kept aside for gambling and then with that same ticket, you can have refreshments and lunch or dinner.

    If King Fahd, when he was the Crown Prince of his country, lost one day millions of dollars gambling in Las Vegas, so what is there if some people gamble in the Casino ships at Goa? Goa is nowhere comparable with Las Vegas.

    The world’s greatest dramatist said, “There is nothing good or bad in this world. Only thinking makes it so.” How true?

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