No More Online Rummy for People in Andhra Pradesh

If you are someone who is addicted to online rummy or such games, you may soon land in jail if you continue to play it. Well, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed by voice vote the AP Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2020 banning online gaming in the state after some youngsters committed suicide in recent days after they were pushed into debts by playing online games that included betting.
The Assembly also passed the Andhra Pradesh Municipal Laws (Second Amendment) Bill 2020 by voice vote and three Bills to give a major push to the aquaculture sector that contributes over ₹50,660 crore to the state's economy every year.
The AP Fish Feed (Quality Control) Bill, the AP Aquaculture Seed (Quality Control) Amendment Bill and the Andhra Pradesh Fisheries University Bill 2020 were passed by voice vote amid protests by the opposition Telugu Desam Party.
Speaking on the Gaming Amendment Bill, the Chief Minister said some youngsters committed suicide in recent days after they were pushed into debts due to online gaming.
Explaining the objective behind amending the gaming law, the Home Minister pointed out that online gambling could induce criminal behaviour in society and increase the number of organised crimes like money laundering and fraud. 
“Many internet websites which claim to provide gambling services are not authentic and there are no regulatory measures to check the legitimacy of these sites. That makes it really easy for these sites to defraud the customers and it also raises a lot of security and privacy issues.”
Under the amendment, first offence attracts imprisonment for up to one year and fine of ₹ 5,000. For every subsequent offence, the term of imprisonment might extend up to two years and a fine of ₹ 10,000. Every offence under this has been made cognisable and non-bailable.
So, the next time you are tempted to play rummy or any such game that involves betting, think again! 

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