The gaming business faces the potential for an additional gaming ban, because the Union Territory of Puducherry plans to comply with Tamil Nadu’s lead in prohibiting on-line rummy video games. Puducherry PWD Minister Arumugam Namassivayam reaffirmed the federal government’s intent to ban on-line rummy video games in a press release to the media on Monday, Might 1.

Throughout a dialogue on the sidelines of a police occasion, Namassivayam acknowledged that the territorial administration awaits the Union authorities’s approval to introduce laws banning real-money on-line gaming in Puducherry. “The House Division has cleared the draft of the invoice to ban on-line playing within the Union Territory. I’ve cleared the file from my aspect a month in the past. As soon as the Centre offers its nod, the federal government will introduce a invoice within the Meeting,” he mentioned.

Arumugam Namassivayam


Namassivayam emphasised that the federal government initiated the method of proposing a web-based playing ban even earlier than the Tamil Nadu authorities took related measures. He additionally famous that the BJP was the primary get together to try to ban on-line playing in Puducherry and would by no means permit it within the Union Territory.


Puducherry’s U-Activate On-line Video games

Puducherry PWD Minister Arumugam Namassivayam‘s affirmation of the Union Territory’s intention to ban on-line rummy comes six weeks after Puducherry Legislation Minister Ok Lakshminarayanan introduced the government’s plans to draft laws for a similar.

In the course of the meeting session on March 23, Lakshminarayanan acknowledged that the proposed Invoice can be despatched to the Union authorities for approval. As soon as accepted, the Puducherry authorities would go it. This determination was in response to DMK chief R Siva’s name consideration movement within the meeting session, urging motion in opposition to on-line rummy video games.

Nevertheless, the Puducherry authorities’s stance on gaming has not at all times been constant. In 2016, the federal government, below former Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, thought of permitting offshore casinos to spice up tourism. A high-level delegation led by Malladi Krishna Rao deliberate to study Goa’s offshore casino model. The federal government deserted the plan as a consequence of political stress and a change in management. In 2020, Narayanasamy reversed his position and known as for a ban on on-line gaming websites.

N Rangasamy took workplace as Puducherry’s eleventh Chief Minister in Might 2021. He’s identified for his sturdy opposition to on-line gaming however took no motion till Tamil Nadu passed an ordinance banning actual cash on-line video games in October 2022. Rangasamy applauded Tamil Nadu’s authorities and declared that Puducherry would comply with swimsuit by passing an identical invoice.

  1. Narayanasamy additionally known as for an emergency ordinance to ban on-line playing, citing that many households face hardships because of the rising habit to on-line rummy.

This improvement contrasts with the central authorities’s efforts to control the web gaming business. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, on April 6, aiming to control on-line gaming. The brand new guidelines contain establishing self-regulatory organizations (SRO) to supervise the gaming sector. The unbiased, not-for-profit E-Gaming Federation (EGF) is at the moment in the process of setting up SROs.

Regardless of the central authorities’s coverage doubtlessly being a game-changer for on-line gaming, Puducherry stays dedicated to banning on-line rummy throughout the Union Territory.

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