Indian state blocks online rummy

The measure that was sent to the governor is part of a plan to eliminate gambling in all forms in India.

India.- Kadiam Srihari, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, has reported this weekend that online rummy will be banned in the state after the cabinet approved a measure to block online gambling, as AGBrief revealed

The official said in a press statement after the meeting that soon after the formation of Telangana, the CM ordered the police to crack down on clubs and other places that encourage gambling. “But the government received complaints that people are now indulging in online gambling,” he added. Srihari confirmed that the intention is to eliminate gambling in all forms and that by amending the Gaming Act, online gambling would be banned as well.

“The cyber police will track online gambling and act against violators,” added the Deputy Chief Minister. The new measure includes online skill-based games like online rummy. The ordinance that was approved by the state cabinet is now waiting for the approval of the Governor Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan.

Moreover, last month it was announced that India was considering the option of becoming a legal market in Asia, in order to compete with potentially profitable local gaming hubs, such as Japan and the Philippines. The measure would only be focused on dismissing current illegal activities.

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