The state government of Kerala in southern India is mulling the possibility of licensing coastal casinos, but has yet to make a final decision.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly last week, Kerala Excise Minister T. P. Ramakrishnan said that the state government was not moving forward at this time.
“The government has not yet decided to give permission to casinos in coastal areas,” he said, hinting that this policy could change in the future.
Kerala lay to the south of Goa, which is currently in the grips of its own debate about the regulation of its existing casinos, including how strictly to implement a new ban on locals entering the casinos.
A year ago, the Kerala High Court ruled that playing rummy for stakes is considered gambling and thus an offense under the Kerala Gaming Act 1960. The ruling was considered a huge blow to online rummy and to skill gaming in India.