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Tamil Nadu Government Invites Public Inputs for Upcoming Law Regulating Online Gambling

The Tamil Nadu government has called for public comments on an upcoming law to regulate online gambling amid similar moves by other states

The Tamil Nadu government is inviting public feedback on proposed legislation seeking to regulate online gambling practices, according to an August 7th press release from the office of the Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Home, Prohibition and Excise Department. How to participate: Stakeholders can email their responses to homesec@tn.gov.in before August 12th, 2022. Those looking to meet the authorities in person can send a request to do so by 5:00 pm of August 9th. A stakeholder’s consultation meeting will be held from 4:00 pm on August 11th. Organisations will be allotted time slots and can only attend the meeting after receiving them from the government.  Stakeholders encouraged to share their feedback include parents, teachers, students, psychologists, social activists, and online gaming service providers, among others.  On June 10th, the Tamil Nadu government announced the formation of a committee to draft recommendations for a law regulating online gambling. The committee was to submit its report in two weeks, after which an ordinance was to be immediately promulgated. However, according to the press release, currently, the 'committee’s report is under the active consideration of the State Government.’ Why it matters: The committee—and the need for a law to regulate online gambling—comes in the wake of the recent suicide of a 29-year-old Chennai-based woman who lost ₹3 lakh and 20 sovereigns of gold playing online rummy. The gambling-related suicide is one of many in Tamil Nadu—according to the press release, around 20 deaths have been reported in the ‘recent past due to the financial distress’ caused…

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