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Every state has a different approach regarding gambling and betting. Some states view it as a way to boost employment and tourism while others regard it as a vice and against the morality of Indian society. For example, Sikkim became the first state to legalize betting in India. In Sikkim, cricket betting is legal inside a game parlor. The same was followed by Nagaland where license holders are allowed to place bets. On the other hand, states like Telangana do not support gambling. In Telangana, the violation of betting rules is a cognizable and non-bailable offence. A National Gambling Commission should be set up to regulate gambling in India. An identification number should be issued to the people who register to participate in gambling. The annual income of such persons should be assessed by the commission and a limit should be provided up to which a person can place a bet. It will prevent excess loss to a person. Only a person who is above 18 and has an annual income of over 3 Lakhs should be allowed to register themselves for online gambling. The recent headlines in the newspapers that the two men were apprehended by the Delhi police. These men were found to have illegally entered the Arun Jaitley Stadium during the match of Rajasthan Royals versus Sunrisers Hyderabad. This has again brought the issue of illegal betting to the fore. Again the clamor for legalizing, betting has gained force. Remember Me
In this epoch of technology, it is clear that most of the online gambling activities takes place via online channels. Entry 31 of the List I deals with ‘telephone and wires’. The Information Technologies rules 2011, rule 3(2b), 2011, mandates the “intermediaries’ like internet service providers, and search engines to not transmit any content that “relates to or encourages gambling”. This makes it clear that without the permission of the Central Government, it will be difficult for the states to promote gambling. This division of power is infringing upon the power of the states. As a ramification of it, the structure of cooperative federalism is getting weak in India. In last week’s edition of Finanomics, I wrote about the need for the waiver of patents for vaccines as well as other covid-related innovations, as that could help end the covid-19 pandemic sooner. Since the last week’s post went… The Covid-19 pestilence has ushered in an era of digital boom. All our activities ranging from studying in the classroom to meeting with our friends have all become digital. In order to evade the deadly virus, people are now… Section 30 of the Indian Contract Act,1872, should be amended to make the contract based on gambling enforceable in the court of law. The regulations barring FDI in gambling activities should be scrapped and help from the foreign countries should be sought in order to flourish our domestic gambling sector.