Andhra Pradesh govt bans online games like Rummy, Poker to ‘protect youth’
The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday decided to ban online games like rummy and poker “to protect the youth”.
The state cabinet that met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took the decision to ban online sports gambling, Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said.
Briefing reporters at the end of the cabinet meet, Venkataramaiah said that online sports gambling has become a vice that was damaging the youth by ‘misleading’ them. “So we have decided to ban all such online sports gambling to protect the youth,” Nani said.
According to the Cabinet decision, organisers of online sports gambling would be jailed for a year, besides being penalised, for a first time offence.
The jail term would go upto two years with fine for the second offence. Also, those caught playing the online games would attract a jail term of six months, the minister added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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