Casino Pride Group asks Indian government for help
Casino Pride Group and operator in India behind the operation of three of the six floating casinos in Goa has reportedly called on the government to provide financial assistance. This was due to the lack of business brought on by the corona virus pandemic.
Casino Pride Group is responsible for the riverboat-based Casino Pride, Casino Pride II and Casino Paradise venues but was forced to temporarily shutdown these enterprises on March 15 as part of a government-led campaign to counter the spread of the potentially-deadly pandemic.
Official Letter to New Delhi Officials
Shrinivas Naik from Casino Pride Group has now officially written a letter to officials in New Delhi. He has asked that they help firms such as his by granting them three years income tax free along with a six-month waiver on business loan interest charges. The executive also called on the government to provide operators with free electricity and Internet access for the next six months. Concluding he added that they should cover all employee pension contributions for the duration of the nation’s corona virus lock down.
Naik reportedly further urged the government to allow the industry to pay a minimum allowance to employees during the lock down period. He further stated that this should go on for the post-lock down period of six months’. He wants such workers to stay in their current posts for at least six months until April of next year.
Six boats operating Goa’s casinos have sat empty along the banks of the Mandovi River ever since the implementation of the lock down. Furthermore southwestern state’s Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, recently stated that his government has no immediate plans to allow these venues to re-open.
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