Telangana Government Issues Amendments to Limit Social Evils of Online Rummy Card Games

The recent ordinance issued regards online gaming as an offence

Online Rummy Card Game
Addiction to card games like Rummy. Pixabay
  • Many people in Telangana are developing an addiction to online Rummy games
  • Amendments are being made in the Telangana Gaming Act to reduce this addiction
  • The recent ordinance issued regards online gaming as an offense 

Hyderabad, July 8, 2017: The Telangana government has issued an order to examine the occurrence of social evils due to online Rummy card games. The Telangana Gaming Ordinance, 2017 was issued after certain changes in the provisions of the Telangana Gaming Act,1974 had been made.

In Telangana, many people, especially young are destroying their own family life because of their addiction to online rummy games as told by the state government and they have issued this order to arrest social evils caused by it.

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The ordinance which was issued on 8th July says, “It has been considered necessary to arrest the social evils caused by online Rummy by issue (of) certain modifications in the provisions of the Telangana Gaming Act,1974 to realize the said objective.”

The government has issued another order about one month back to make amends in the Gaming Act. As per the Telangana State Gaming Ordinance, 2017, “Rummy cannot be regarded as a skill game as it is partly based on skill and partly on luck or chance.”

The recent order of June 17, includes the online term along with others such as “mutka” or “satta” in the gaming definition. This ordinance regards online gaming as an offense. It said, “any person who opens, keeps, operates, uses or permits to be used any common gaming house or online gaming, or conducts or assists in conducting the business of any common gaming house or advances or furnishes money for gaming wherein, shall be punishable….”

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: Hkaur1025