BJP leader K C Ramamurthy on Tuesday demanded in the Rajya Sabha that the government ban online rummy saying many of us have transform addicted to it, especially in south India.
There are four online accredited rummy operators, Ace2three, Junglee Rummy, https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tags/rummy and Rummy Ardour, accredited by The Rummy Federation, he said.
“Sir, this can be a misnomer that rummy is a game of skill. It is gambling and betting money through rummy in the greed of getting more is unlawful as it ruins families financially and in a different way. It is unlucky that many have transform addicts, especially in south India,” he said right through his special mention in the Upper House.
Online rummy is unexpectedly spreading its tentacles by luring all sections, more especially youths, with appealing advertisements and promotions assuring lucrative returns which are completely false, he said.
Taking a look at these advertisements, youngsters, after losing money, resort to crook and other activities to carry on with this addiction. Parents are worried approximately the way forward for their loved ones, he added.
Citing a KPMG outline, the BJP leader said that the online real money gaming industry is estimated at Rs 2,200 crore and is growing at 30 percent once a year and will touch Rs 12,000 crore by 2023.
“I don”t see any industry that can grow at this pace on the earth, including Apple, Amazon, etc. This clearly indicates the rapidity with which online real money gaming, which includes rummy, is spreading,” he said.
The advertisements and endorsement to online rummy, be it in print or electronic media, by famous celebrities, including cricketers like M S Dhoni and movie stars, clearly indicate how rummy is rising in popularity, he said.
“In view of the above, I request the government of India to immediately declare online rummy as unlawful and ban the same forthwith,” he added.
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