Goa CM secures action against online gambling, gambling

PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday secured action against online gambling and gambling, after Congress MP Sankalp Amonkar raised the issue in the Assembly to demand the Rummy Circle ban.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Amonkar said many young people had become addicted to Rummy Circle online games and were losing money. “Many governments have banned it and therefore Goa government should also ban online rummy circle games,” he demanded.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant taking note, assured the house to take action regarding online gambling and betting. “I’m going to act on it,” he said.

“Rummy, Three Cards, Pokers etc. are dangerous. They are easily accessible to youngsters. They are addicted to these games. Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Orissa, Nagaland have banned online gambling,” an Amonkar said.

He said unemployed youth and university students fall prey to these games. “One can start playing these games at Rs 5 up to Rs 10,000. Even one can extend the limit above Rs 40,000 per day. It is a complete scam. The government does not monitor it.” Amonkar said.

“The son of a close friend of mine lost five hundred thousand rupees in just three months. It’s very dangerous,” he said.

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