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Tamil Nadu constitutes a committee to study online games

Tamil Nadu constitutes a committee to study online games

Steps to regulate advertisements promoting online rummy will also be considered

Last week, the Tamil Nadu government formed a committee to examine issues related to online gaming. Online gaming has constantly been riddled with controversies. The subject has always been under the scrutiny of regulators. Retired Madras High Court judge K. Chandru will head the committee and submit a report within two weeks. Based on the recommendations, the Tamil Nadu government will take necessary measures for the promulgation of an ordinance to regulate online gaming. The decision was made after a suicide case in Chennai. In the course of playing online rummy, a 29-year-old woman allegedly lost about INR 10 Lakhs.

The newly formed committee will work on various issues, such as identifying addictive online games and those that can lead to financial loss and disastrous consequences. The committee will also study whether these games require any skills or are just based on luck. The panel will now study the adverse effects of online rummy, including financial loss and suicides; as such cases have increased in the state recently. Steps to regulate advertisements promoting online rummy will also be considered. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) has asked TV channels, newspapers, and digital media outlets to refrain from publishing advertisements of online betting platforms.


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