Online Gaming Ban in Andhra Pradesh, India to Protect Youth

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to ban online games such as rummy and poker (we believe all gambling included). Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said that the state cabinet headed by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to ban online gambling. According to the cabinet’s decision, the organizers of online gambling will have to go to jail for a year, in addition to the crime for the first time. The second offense will carry a prison sentence of up to two years with a fine. The minister said that those caught playing online games will face a jail term of six months.

Perni Venkataramaiah said to journalists: "Nowadays online gambling has become one which is misleading and harming the youth, so we have decided to ban all such online gambling to protect the youth."

*B2U notes. It looks like the online gaming ban is limited to just one region of India, Andhra Pradesh, which means that the decision does not affect other regions in India. Andhra Pradesh is a state in the south-eastern coastal region of India. It is the seventh-largest state by area and tenth-most populous state with 49,386,799 inhabitants.