Nov 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government should appoint a regulatory body to monitor casinos in the country.
Economist and UNP parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva said a National Casino Regulatory Authority should be set up to monitor casinos and their performance.
He explained that it is important to monitor the casinos that are in operation at present since they are illegal and the government has not issued licenses up to now.
According to Dr. de Silva, casino licenses should be issued in an auction style in order to ensure the government will earn revenue.
He noted that the government needs to decide on the legal status on the existing casinos before looking at setting up new ones.
The UNP MP has added that the government's current actions with regard to casinos will result in a casino cartel in the country.