The governor of Tamil Nadu, RN Ravi, gave the go-ahead on October 7 to the enactment of an ordinance to ban and regulate online gambling. The Tamil Nadu cabinet approved the ordinance in September. The state government decided to ban online rummy based on a report filed by a panel led by Judge Chandru. Earlier this month, the Tamil Nadu government enacted an ordinance to ban online gambling and online games such as rummy and poker.
The gaming industry has criticized the ordinance and has argued that it combines skill games with gambling. The governor of Tamil Nadu, RN Ravi, passed an ordinance to ban online rummy and poker games in the state. The decision to ban online gambling was made when Tamil Nadu reported a series of suicides of people participating in online gambling and lost a huge sum of money on many online gaming platforms. In the latest such incident, a woman named Bhavani from Chennai died by suicide after losing about 20 jewel rulers and 3 lakh rupees in online gambling.
Lawmakers, for their part, have argued that these online gaming platforms promote gambling and can lead to addiction. On October 7, the governor of Tamil Nadu, RN Ravi, approved an ordinance to ban online gambling and to regulate online gambling in Tamil Nadu. According to media reports, many users committed suicide due to financial losses incurred on online gaming platforms. Several political parties in the state also urged Stalin to investigate the issue, as online gambling affected mental health and left many families in financial distress.
According to the EGF, the Court ruled that skill games cannot be qualified as “gambling or gambling” just because they are played with bets or played online. Judge K Chandru's report strongly recommended that the government enact new legislation on online gaming. On September 26, the Council of Ministers of Tamil Nadu approved an ordinance to ban online gambling with gambling in the state. The Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a bill to ban online gambling and regulate online gaming on Wednesday, October 19, a week after the Tamil Nadu cabinet, headed by Prime Minister MK Stalin, passed an ordinance to ban these games in the state.
According to a news report published in Moneycontrol, the governor gave his approval to ban online rummy and poker games in the state on Friday.