Kohima | July 23
Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang who also holds finance portfolio today moved for introduction of “Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill,” Bill 2015 on the floor of the House.
After moving for introduction of the Bill by the later, NLA speaker Chotisuh Sazo said that consideration and passing of the bill will be taken up on July 24.
According to the statement, “Gambling means and include wagering or betting on games of chance but does not include betting on wagering on games of skill.”
“Games of skill” shall include all such games where there is preponderance of skill over chance, including where the skill relates to strategising the manner of placing wagers or placing bets or where the skill lies in team selection or selection of virtual stock based on analyses or where the skill relates to the manner in which the moves are made, whether deployment of physical or mental skill and acumen.
In the statement of objects and reasons, Chief Minister stated the object of the Bill is to give effect to the provisions of the Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill 2015” in order to regulate and promote the conduct of online “Games of Skill” under issue of licence by the Government of Nagaland.
The statement stated that the sector of online games of skill is already well developed and established in India and other parts of the world. However, it is yet to be regulated in the country under a formal legal framework by any state of union territory, although there is no law that presently bars the conduct of online games of skill. The law as established in this country by rulings of various courts, including the Apex Court, clearly distinguish “Games of Skill” to be not gambling, and playing “Games of Skill” with or without stake to be a genuine business venture and not amounting to gambling since winning such games depend more on skill than chance.
“The Bill seeks to regulate and promote the conduct of online “Games of skill” with the primary objective of earning revenue for the state government by way of licensing fees and royalty,” the Chief Minister stated.