Chennai, August 19: The government of Tamil Nadu must put in place ironclad and legally defensible legislation to regulate online gambling, including online rummy.
The state government has already collected input from members of the public, including students, parents, young people, psychologists, social activists, think tanks, carrier advisers and online game producers. on the bill to be debated in order to regulate online gambling.
Of note, 20 people have committed suicide in the state in the past three years after losing money playing online games. Sources in government told IANS that the responsibility will not lie in banning online gambling, but rather a mechanism will be developed to control it. The state plans to regulate companies that engage in online gambling and also exert social pressure against those who become addicted to these online games.
Online gambling companies, according to government officials, said that more than 70% of online games are for entertainment and only 10-15% charge minor stakes, and only 15% are involved in major stakes .
Chief Minister MK Stalin recently held a high-level meeting, which included State Justice Minister S. Reghupathy, Chief Secretary V. Irai Anbu, Interior Minister K. Phanindra Reddy, DGP C. Sylendra Babu, Secretary of Law B. Karthikeyan and Greater Chennai Police. Commissioner Shankar Jiwal.
Meanwhile, the PMK, the political arm of the powerful Vanniyar community, called on the government to impose a total ban on online gambling, which resulted in the deaths of several people.
The PMK has been at the forefront of agitations against online gambling and the party’s state chairman and former Union minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, met with the chief minister and demanded the online gambling ban.