The Governor of Tamil Nadu, India, has returned a bill that proposed a ban on online gambling games in the state, a move that has sparked mixed reactions. The bill had been passed unanimously by the state assembly in February 2021 and was awaiting the governor’s approval to become law. However, the governor returned the bill for reconsideration, citing concerns about its potential impact on small businesses and the potential for the bill to infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens.
The proposed bill aimed to ban online games such as rummy, poker, and other gambling games, citing their addictive nature and the potential for financial ruin for players. The bill was introduced after several incidents of suicide and financial distress linked to online gambling in the state.
The governor’s decision has been met with both praise and criticism from various quarters. Proponents of the ban argue that online gambling games lead to addiction and financial ruin for many players, particularly young people. Opponents of the ban, on the other hand, argue that it is a regressive move that will hurt small businesses and infringe on citizens’ right to personal freedom.
The Indian gaming industry is estimated to be worth around $930 million, with online gambling accounting for a significant portion of the market. The potential ban on online gambling games in Tamil Nadu would have a significant impact on the industry, particularly for companies that operate in the state. However, with the governor’s decision to return the bill for reconsideration, it remains to be seen whether a ban on online gambling games will be implemented in the state.