Govt to regulate online gaming

SHILLONG, Jan 14: The Meghalaya Cabinet has approved a proposal to notify Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Ordinance, 2021, for regulating and increasing the revenue of the state through online gaming.
Informing this after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, MDA Spokesperson James Sangma said the use of online gaming has emerged as most popular leisure activity and Meghalaya is no exception to it.
“In order to regulate gaming within the state and to bring revenue to the state government, we felt it is necessary to enact a law for the same and, therefore, the cabinet has approved the draft ordinance,” he said.
The proposal was passed after taking the views of the Law and Finance departments.
The government took the decision since online gaming is a big industry and there is no regulatory mechanism to monitor the online gaming scene in Meghalaya.
With this move, the government will regulate online gaming and monitor it. Anyone wanting to partake in this industry will have to get necessary license from the state government.
The government will have an agreement with them when it issues licenses and they will have to follow strict guidelines and rules. “If anyone does not conform with these rules, we will take action against them,” Sangma added.
Meghalaya Day Awards
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