The Telangana government had released its gaming policy three months ago, proposing incentives to those investing in the online gaming industry. So, this ban may be a contrasting opinion. Also in a judgment recently, Supreme Court has classified Rummy as a game of skill. The decision marks a U-turn in the thinking of the Telangana State government as it was only some time back that it had proposed to give incentives to those investing in the online gaming industry.
The Telangana Government has banned online rummy circle game in the state and anyone who plays online rummy will be liable for prosecution. Those promoting the game will be punished too under a new law. The state cabinet approved an ordinance with this clause and sent it to Governor ESL Narasimhan.
The Telangana Gaming Act, 1974 will now be amended and a new definition of ‘cyberspace’ would be inserted in the Gaming Act. Further, the law may clarify that playing online Matka, sports betting, poker, and Rummy would incur criminal penalties, which could range from a fine of Rs. 5,000 for the first offence to an imprisonment for a second offence.
The Telangana government says there are complaints that online rummy has become a mafia and there are several cases of fraud and money theft through such sites. The government opines that these sites are same as gambling and so banned them with immediate effect.