Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday reiterated the government’s decision to put a stop to the proposal for setting up of casinos in the state.
Speaking to reporters, Tynsong said, “If the stakeholders say no it means no. If you talk in terms of revenue generation, yes it is true if we set up casinos it will be there but at the same time we need to respect the sentiments of the people of the state. That is why the Chief Minister has made it categorically clear that we put a full stop on casinos.”
On the demand to repeal the gambling Act, Tynsong however said why should the government repeal the gaming Act.
“All activities are totally unlawful, we need to regulate, regulation is required, act is required it has to be in place,” he said.
Moreover, the deputy chief minister said that the public is only against the setting up of casinos and not the gambling Act.
“Otherwise are you trying to say that they are against the teer and this has been there for so many years and at that point of time why not object? So be it bull fight, be it fishing competition, be it jackpot, there are so many so therefore what we did from the government side, we regulate it, we bring in the law, they cannot do whatever they like, it should be within the framed guidelines, rules, but do it in a manner which is not going beyond the legality,” he stated.