The HYC has requested Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to immediately repeal the Meghalaya Gaming Regulation Act, 2021 and the Meghalaya Gaming Rules Regulation, 2021.
In a letter to Sangma today, the HYC also demanded the immediate dismissal of the chairman and other members of the Meghalaya Gaming Commission and also to stop wasting public money by paying them salaries.
The organization also demanded that a public notice be issued by the government regarding the removal of the three temporary licenses issued to operate casinos in the state.
The HYC also said the Chief Minister’s assertion that locals are not allowed in casinos and online gambling sites is nothing but an “attempt to save face and salvage the government of public anger”.
According to the HYC, Meghalaya Regulations for Gaming Rules, 2021 provides that a “player” means a person participating in games of skill or games of chance organized by a licensee through a website or premises physical.
“The rules only state a licensee’s responsibility to ensure that the player is over 18 and say nothing about the participation of local youths or state residents in games or online betting,” said the HYC.
Stating that the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act and the Meghalaya Regulation for Gaming Rules are unclear on the involvement of locals in online casinos and gambling, the HYC asked, “The so-called ‘high value tourists’ other states from India or abroad come to participate or will locals participate in these activities? The Act and Rules are not clear in this regard, but we all know that only locals will participate in these activities. How is it then that your government states that residents are not allowed to enter physical premises for gambling activities? »
The HYC also said it disagreed with the Chief Minister’s statement that legalizing gambling will increase the revenue generated by the state by Rs 500-600 crore per annum.
“We are of the view that if the state government can check for revenue leakage, as has been highlighted and pointed out repeatedly by CAG reports every year, the state government can easily save about $1 Rs 500 to 2,000 crore per year,” he added.