Meaningless For States To Regulate Online Gambling, Says MoS IT

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On April 14, 2023, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated that it was meaningless for states to regulate online gambling as the internet came under the purview of the Centre. He mentioned that the basic principle for what online gaming permits had been established via IT amendments, and the internet cannot be regulated by states. He also added that the recently promulgated TN law on online gambling was making all these complex nuances about games of chance and games of skill, which is not the issue today. Chandrasekhar noted that whether the game is a game of skill or a game of chance does not matter, and if there is a provision to bet on the outcome of a game, it is still betting, regardless of whether the underlying game is a game of skill. The MoS also said that the law enacted by Tamil Nadu had created a regulatory minefield of ‘uncertainty, ambiguity and confusion’.According to the MoS for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the new online gaming rules in India were designed to make sure that the Internet in India is safe, trustworthy, and does not harm users. He explained that the new regulations specifically identify betting and wagering as user harm and therefore prohibit gaming intermediaries from engaging in these activities. This implies that the government wants to ensure that the online gaming space is regulated and does not harm users in any way.