Mumbai: Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy listed out 132 online gambling, betting, and gaming websites and apps and urged the Centre to direct all internet service providers to block them in the state.
In a letter to Union Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Chief Minister said that online gaming and betting is rapidly spreading as a serious social evil. “It has led to youth getting involved in vices like gambling and betting from the comfort of their home through their mobile phones and computers,’’ Jagan said adding gambling or betting in usual form can be easily identified, but online gambling and betting remains elusive.
Jagan informed the Union Minister that his government amended the AP Gaming Act, 1974 to include online gaming and betting as cognizable. “The managing directors of all the online gaming companies and the companies involved in running the companies are liable for punishment under the Act.”
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“The role of internet service providers can be termed as assisting in case they do not take steps to block access to these websites in the areas where it is illegal,’’ the CM said and sought the intervention of the ministry to direct all ISPs to block all online gaming, gambling and betting websites and Apps from access in AP.