Sushil Kumar Modi calls for regulation of online gaming, Marketing & Advertising News, AND BrandEquity
Expressing concern over children’s addiction to mobile games, Sushil Kumar Modi, a member of Rajya Sabha and top BJP leader, on Friday called on the government to regulate the online gaming industry and impose a flat tax on it. Referring to the issue during Zero Hour, he said that these online games have now given way to gambling and betting.
Rajya Sabha Chairman, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, asked Ashwini Vaishnaw, who is Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, to take note of this issue.
“Consult the Ministry of Law and do what is necessary. This is a great threat,” Naidu pointed out.
Modi said that the booming online gambling industry has become a big problem for young people in this country.
“Online gambling is becoming a big addiction. I would like to point out that this sector, like the crypto industry, certainly has regulatory loopholes. I therefore urge the government to introduce a uniform tax on online gambling. I urge the government to create a comprehensive regulatory framework for online gambling, ”he said.
If there are no regulations, Modi said it would be difficult to prevent children from becoming addicted.
“Crores and crores of young people have become addicting to online gambling. Since it is online, it is very difficult to prevent children from becoming addicted. And now this online game has been converted to gambling or betting. And now there is controversy over whether is a game of skill or a game of chance, “said the BJP frontman.
In the pre-Covid period, the BJP leader said, weekly time spent on mobile games was 2.5 hours, while 11% of total smartphone time was spent on games. However, during the lockdown, the playing time increased to four hours.
The BJP member said that more than 43 crore people are currently in online games, and the number is expected to increase to 65.7 crore by 2025. The revenue generated from online games was Rs 13,600 crore and this is expected to increase to 29,000 crore in the year 2025.
The number of mobile downloads has also increased, he added.
Modi noted that many states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala had banned online gambling, but this was overturned by the high courts.
He added that millions of people play games like Ludo Kings, Rummy, Poker, Dream 11.
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