The re-adopted Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022 received the seal of approval from Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi on Monday, April 10, 2023. (L.A. Bill No. 53 of 2022). The assent, according to Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, was a “good consequence” of the Assembly’s earlier that day voted resolution about the Governor. The Assembly re-adopted the Bill after the Governor earlier sent it back, and it was then sent to the Raj Bhavan.
At the conclusion of Monday’s discussion on the financial demands for a few departments, the Chief Minister informed the Assembly of the Governor’s consent and announced that the bill will be published in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette the following day.
Several bills, including the one on online rummy that had been forwarded to the Governor for his approval, were still pending, he claimed, which had an impact on the administration of Tamil Nadu and the future of young people. The resolution also took note of the Governor’s contentious public statements, he continued.
On March 6, the Governor had returned the bill, claiming that it violated the Constitution and went against court rulings. On October 19, 2022, the Assembly initially approved the Bill.
The Chief Minister noted that the Bill was developed in accordance with the suggestions of a committee chaired by former Madras High Court judge Justice Chandru, the School Education Department, and consultations with other parties while reintroduced it on March 23. But after 131 days, the Governor returned the bill with some notes.
“The Bill was written with our hearts as well as our intelligence. Political differences between us are possible and inevitable. But anyone with a heart will agree that online gambling should be outlawed because it has been responsible for many fatalities. The cries of an individual or a family should not be heard by the State. If it happens once more, it will amount to a weakening of both the state’s authority and the meaning of the law. He had stated that it was the responsibility of the government to uphold law and order and deter criminality.
The Chief Minister also cited Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, who said in Parliament on March 21, 2023, that Section 34 of the 7th Schedule of the Constitution gave States the authority to pass legislation against internet gaming.
“I want to say that we cannot manage the country while ignoring our conscience. Any law must have as its goal the protection and wellbeing of its citizens. Law experts all across the world will acknowledge that jurisprudence is a social science, according to Mr. Stalin’s statement from March.
This was the second time the Governor’s returned bill had been re-adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly. On February 8 of last year, a Bill that sought to exempt Tamil Nadu from the NEET for admission to undergraduate medical programmes was once again accepted.