Report No. 276
- The general public were of the opinion that the betting and gambling should be legalised because of the following reasons:
➢ It should be legalised in a regulated manner.
➢ It will help in generation of revenue.
➢ It will create job opportunity.
➢ Legalising would help curb the parallel economy of black money as it would help to keep a track on transactions done in such places. So, such entities would fall in nexus with the Government and help to generate revenue for the development of our country.
➢ It will help in promotion of tourism industry.
➢ It will help in controlling of money laundering business- At present betting racket is run by the underworld and huge amount of money is transferred through Hawala transactions which is used for terrorism.
- The general public were of the view that:
➢ The skill based games and sports must be legalised.
➢ It should be legalized with certain rules and restrictions so that poor and lower middle class do not suffer.
➢ The maximum limit for betting should be prescribed.
➢ That betting and gambling should be made online or digitalised and the mode of payment should be also digitalized through net banking so that the transactions can be tracked.
➢ Some stakeholders have opposed the legalising of gambling and betting contending that it creates an unholy atmosphere and tends to vitiate the solemn nature of transactions. It is also observed that there is a conflict between Government and gaming related organizations and federations. The two State Governments who responded were of the view that it would be against the social norms and the principle of welfare State under Article 39 of The Constitution of India. However, the gaming related organisations have supported the legalisation of betting and gambling and have suggested that having proper authorities and apt regulation would lead to increased income. They have opined that monetary and fiscal benefits would also be seen in the economy, which would thus lead to development of the country as a whole leading to formation of welfare State.
List of Persons Who Responded to Law Commission's Appeal on Betting and Gambling