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Puducherry Mulling Online Gaming Ban In Line With Tamil Nadu’s Latest Ordinance

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis October 13, 2022
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Online gaming bans follow a domino effect in India. Many others are likely to follow if one state starts out with a ban. In a nostalgic replay of 2019/20, when Tamil Nadu and Karnataka followed Andhra Pradesh’s decision to ban real-money online gaming, this time around, we have Puducherry following in Tamil Nadu’s footsteps after the latter approved a new ordinance banning online games for stakes in the state on October 7.

Congratulating Tamil Nadu on the move, Chief Minister of Puducherry, N Rangasamy, said, “Congratulations to the government for banning online rummy in Tamil Nadu.”

N Rangasamy
N Rangasamy


Puducherry local government minister Namachivayath said, “The victims of online rummy games have made this request to ban online gaming.”

While the Union Territory wanting to ban real money online games is disheartening, what stands out is the 360-degree turn in the government’s stance on legalized gambling. Six years ago, then Chief Minister, V. Narayanasamy, was exploring the possibility of setting up offshore casinos in the state along the lines of Goa. The Narayanasamy-led Congress government explored the idea in July 2016. The government even took a new initiative in this direction when the CM disclosed the government’s plans to examine the feasibility of permitting casinos. Even though LG Governor Kiran Bedi opposed the move, according to Narayanasamym, opening casinos in Puducherry would boost tourism and help improve revenue inflow.

Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy
V Narayanasamy


Malladi Krishna Rao, who held the dual portfolios of Tourism and Health at the time, had stated that discussions had already begun regarding the proposal to introduce floating casinos in the Union Territory. It was reported that the minister was planning on leading a high-level delegation to Goa to study the system of offshore casinos, their revenue models, and other allied aspects.

In the years that followed, the plan was dropped due to increasing political pressure. But not just that. By 2020, Narayanasamy had utterly changed his tune. From wanting to set up offshore casinos in the state, the Chief Minister urged the Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to ban online rummy and other gaming sites.

On February 22, 2021, Narayanasamy resigned after the Congress government lost its majority in the legislative assembly and the trust vote on the floor. N Rangasamy became Puducherry’s 11th Chief Minister in May. While in the opposition, Rangasamy was one of the strongest voices against online gaming. As the newly elected Chief Minister, he did not spare the industry much thought. That was until the latest Tamil Nadu ordinance came through.

Will the Puducherry government follow through and ban online gaming? We will have to wait and watch!

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