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Meghalaya adamant on implementing Gaming Act

CM Conrad Sangma said that the Act is required to regulate the existing jackpot and online gaming parlours located in different areas of Shillong

Despite facing backlashes from several civil bodies, the Government of Meghalaya seems to be adamant about implementing the Meghalaya State Gaming Act.

Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that the Act is required to regulate the existing jackpot and online gaming parlours located in different areas of Shillong including Police Bazar and Polo.

When asked if the Government is contemplating repealing the Act keeping in view the increasing opposition, Sangma said that if the government repeals the Act, there will be nothing to regulate and the government will even lose revenue of around Rs 7-8 crore.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had said that these existing jackpot and online gaming parlours have existed for a long period and there is a need to regulate these parlours through the Meghalaya State Gaming Act.

At the same time, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma also said the Government needs to balance out the impact on society and the revenue generation for the state.

He added that if the state can increase its revenue by ensuring certain zones away from the city and other major towns and closer to Guwahati, the state can also get revenues worth hundreds of crores of rupees.

First Published: 21st May, 2022 12:41 IST

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