TN plans ‘foolproof’ laws to regulate online gambling – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: After gathering feedback from stakeholders and members of the public, the Tamil Nadu government will introduce foolproof, legally defensible legislation to regulate online gambling, official sources have said.

It comes after the state government held a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday. Senior officials including Justice Minister S Reghupathy, Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Home Minister K Phanindra Reddy, Chief Police Officer S Sylendra Babu, Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal and Law Secretary B Karthikeyan, attended the meeting.

The government is said to have obtained comments from members of the public, parents, teachers, students, young people, psychologists, social activists, think tanks and online gambling service providers on the bill to regulate online gambling.

Although a total ban on all online games may be a challenge, there are reports that the government could look at age and time restrictions so that games do not become addictive. It has been found that 70% of online games are for entertainment while 10-15% involve money. The decision to restrict online gambling came after 20 suicides were reported across Tamil Nadu in the past three years due to high stakes online gambling.
Unlike regular games, online games are programmed and manipulated by the developer.

While online gambling may be banned, the major challenge would be the lack of control over the internet. As a result, the focus will be more on a mechanism to control them. The state is considering either regulating the companies or the players involved in gambling. Social pressure could be exerted on the players.

PMK seeks to end gambling in the state
Chennai: The PMK on Thursday expressed hope that the Tamil Nadu government will put an end to online gambling. The party’s statement came following a consultative meeting convened and chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin to explore the possibility of imposing a ban on online gambling. In a series of tweets, PMK founder S Ramadoss said the state government should issue an ordinance after getting cabinet approval and shut down online gambling.

CHENNAI: After gathering feedback from stakeholders and members of the public, the Tamil Nadu government will introduce foolproof, legally defensible legislation to regulate online gambling, official sources have said. It comes after the state government held a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday. Senior officials including Justice Minister S Reghupathy, Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Home Minister K Phanindra Reddy, Chief Police Officer S Sylendra Babu, Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal and Law Secretary B Karthikeyan, attended the meeting. The government is said to have obtained comments from members of the public, parents, teachers, students, young people, psychologists, social activists, think tanks and online gambling service providers on the bill to regulate online gambling. Although a total ban on all online games may be a challenge, there are reports that the government could look at age and time restrictions so that games do not become addictive. It has been found that 70% of online games are for entertainment while 10-15% involve money. The decision to restrict online gambling came after 20 suicides were reported across Tamil Nadu in the past three years due to high stakes online gambling. Unlike regular games, online games are programmed and manipulated by the developer. While online gambling may be banned, the major challenge would be the lack of control over the internet. As a result, the focus will be more on a mechanism to control them. The state is considering either regulating the companies or the players involved in gambling. Social pressure could be exerted on the players. PMK Seeks End to Gambling in Chennai State: PMK on Thursday expressed hope that the Tamil Nadu government will put an end to online gambling. The party’s statement came following a consultative meeting convened and chaired by Chief Minister MK Stalin to explore the possibility of imposing a ban on online gambling. In a series of tweets, PMK founder S Ramadoss said the state government should issue an ordinance after getting cabinet approval and shut down online gambling.

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