You must be aware of the issue that exists around the entire gaming industry – be it online rummy and poker amongst others. 2020 began with the Maharashtrian Government banning online lotteries in other states for the loss of revenues. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh decided to ban the sale of all types of online lottery schemes in the state on Friday.
The Punjab Government banned online lotteries operated by Indian or foreign sellers under section 5 of the Lotteries (Regulation) Act 1988. A spokesperson stated that this will not only help in checking illegal lottery business but also boosts the state’s tax and non-tax revenues.
The Punjab government gave the approval to prohibit the sale of computerized and online lotteries marketed and operated through electronic machines, vending machines as well as online schemes tickets sold, organized, conducted or promoted through the internet by any state within the Indian or by foreign territory. The government of the region will only allow the sale of paper lottery tickets. Just last month, the Maharashtra government focused on reintroducing paper-based lottery which will lead to generating a proper collection of taxes.
In 2015, the Punjab government intended to start online lottery schemes in a bid to generate revenue for its various welfare schemes. 6 years down the line, the state decided to go back on its words by banning all types of lottery schemes.
Lotteries are allowed in other states of India including Goa, Kerala, Mizoram, Punjab, Sikkim, Nagaland, West Bengal, Bodoland Territorial Council region (BTC). In December 2019, James K. Sangma – Home Minister declared the introduction of both paper and online lottery in Meghalaya to facilitate participation by enthusiasts from all over India wherever the lottery is illegal.
The Directorate of Lotteries has been asked to liaise with the police authorities to curb the illegal lotteries in the State of Punjab, and ADGP (Law and Order) has been appointed as a nodal officer to initiate action against these illegal lotteries.