The Tamil Nadu government has decided to talk with the stakeholders about banning and regulating online gaming after the state of Tamil Nadu reported at least 20 deaths as a result of losses sustained while playing online rummy. According to a news release from the Home, Prohibition and Excise Department, political party leaders, psychologists, and social activists have made the government of Tamil Nadu aware of the negative impacts of addiction to online games and gambling. Tamil Nadu to Regulate Online Gaming
The Tamil government earlier created a four-person committee under the direction of former Madras High Court Justice K Chandru to investigate and provide a report on internet gaming-related issues. Online games should be banned, according to the Justice Chandru Commission, whose report was filed, as they do not require any expertise and merely encourage addiction.
The four-member panel had also advised the Tamil Nadu government to exert maximum pressure on the Union government in order to guarantee that a law prohibiting online gaming is passed at the federal level. The government has chosen to solicit opinions from all interested parties. The general public, parents, teachers, students, youth, psychologists, social activists, and providers of online gaming services have all been invited to comment on the draught legislation regarding online games. Tamil Nadu to Regulate Online Gaming
A consultant meeting will be place and groups that are interested in making a representation will be allocated different time slots. Seven of the 20 recorded deaths related to internet gambling occurred in Chennai; eight occurred in the districts of Coimbatore, Salem, Tirupur, and Namakkal; four occurred in Tirupattur; and one each occurred in Vellore, Tuticorin, and Dharmapuri.