Tamil Nadu: IT minister Thangaraj asks Centre to cooperate regarding online rummy ban law

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During a recent G20 program in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu IT minister Mano Thangaraj asked the central government if it would cooperate when it comes to the online rummy ban law in the state.

The DMK MLA from Padmanabhapuram stated that the state government is taking efforts to stop online gambling and related scams and expects the Centre to come forward, unite and solve people’s problems without hesitation, as reported by Samayam.

The Tamil Nadu government recently enacted a law banning all online games, including poker and rummy, which have been classified as games of skill by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Rajeev Chandrasekhar also announced the new rules to regulate online gaming and protect gamers. This has created a new conflict between the Centre and the states.

Tamil Nadu has resolved to follow the new law enacted by it in order to prevent citizens from getting addicted to online rummy as the state has witnessed numerous people committing suicide. An online gaming authority has also been set up by the state government in order to implement the new law.

As of now, several online gaming operators have blocked users from Tamil Nadu from accessing their platforms. Industry body, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), had filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court seeking interim protection against the ban. The court, however, refused it.