Greater Chennai police conduct workshop for cops to steer clear of online rummy

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The after-effects of suffering huge losses in online games for stakes have ruined many families. Even members of the police force have not been immune to this menace. With several policemen falling prey to the trappings of online rummy for stakes, Greater Chennai Police launched a new initiative by conducting financial management workshops for its personnel.

The motive behind this initiative is to ensure that cops do not get drawn to using online gaming apps involving major financial risks. According to a report in the Times of India, a workshop for the first batch was conducted on Saturday, June 18 by Commissioner Shankar Jiwal. The report stated that “the workshop would be conducted in different batches.”

This comes at a time when the Tamil Nadu DGP C. Sylendra Babu in an awareness video recently warned the public that playing online rummy could lead to debt and suicide. The top cop said the number of people losing money and jewelry due to online gaming has increased in the last few months.

Police personnel falling prey to an online gaming app

On May 7 this year, an Armed Reserve police constable B Saravana Kumar, aged 30, was found dead on duty in Ambattur. The late police officer shot himself after losing his savings while playing online games for stakes.

Meanwhile, the Greater Chennai Police Commissioner has also cautioned the cops to be alert and not lose their hard-earned money by participating in such kinds of online games.

“Do not lose your hard-earned money on these apps”, Shankar Jiwal said.

As far as conducting workshops for the police force is concerned, a total of 150 personnel are expected to take part, and every week a new batch will be a part of the workshop.

The city police have hired Narendra, a financial management expert and retired professor has been hired to conduct the workshop, which also includes awareness of various financial savings schemes.

Furthermore, another motive behind organizing these workshops is to guide the police personnel with regard to safe and wise investments and more importantly to manage their finances better.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, a week back, announced the setting up of a committee headed by Justice (Retd) Chandru to propose a strong ordinance against online rummy “that will serve as an example” for other states. The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks.