Amid the growing craze of gaming and its addiction among Indian youth, the Chief Minister (CM) of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin recently said the state government will put an end to online gaming in the upcoming time.
Stalin said that the previous AIADMK government had enacted the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021, which the Madras high court declared as ultra vires of the Constitution.
The DMK government of the state moved the Supreme Court (SC) with a plea after obtaining a legal option. I assure that online gaming will be put to an end shortly,” he said in the assembly.
Earlier, AIADMK MLA R Vaithlingam also talked about the recent suicides of a bank official and his family in Chennai due to online gaming.
In September 2021, the Karnataka Assembly passed an amendment to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, which seeks to ban online gaming and curtail online gambling. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the proposal is not valid for online games that strictly comply with the ‘game of skill.’
Also, voicing concern over youngsters getting hooked on mobile games, Rajya Sabha member and senior BJP chief Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday demanded that the federal government ought to regulate the online gaming industry and impose a uniform tax on it. Raising the difficulty throughout the Zero Hour, he stated these online video games have now given strategy to playing and betting.
As of now, the Union Ministry of Education has circulated advisories. The ministry said that playing online games leads to a serious gaming addiction which has been considered a gaming disorder.
The ministry in a statement said that in the new era of technology, online gaming is very popular with children because of the challenges it brings to the players which excite them and make them play more which can lead to addiction.