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AP govt bans online games like Rummy, Poker

Briefing reporters at the end of the cabinet meet, the Minister said online gambling has become a vice that was damaging the youth by 'misleading' them.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday decided to ban online games like rummy and poker that were pushing the youth on a wrong path.

The state cabinet that met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy took the decision to ban online gambling, Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said.

Briefing reporters at the end of the cabinet meet, the Minister said online gambling has become a vice that was damaging the youth by ‘misleading’ them.

“So we have decided to ban all such online gambling to protect the youth,” Nani said.

According to the Cabinet decision, organisers of online gambling would be jailed for a year, besides being penalised, for a first time offence.

The jail term would go upto two years with fine for the second offence. Also, those caught playing the online games would attract a jail term of six months, the minister added.

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