Press Release on Gaming Bill
27th March, 2016
If the Nagaland Prohibition of Gaming and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill (NPGPROGS) Bill, 2015, could be passed in the Assembly at the cost of the Nagaland Lokayukta Bill at the behest of a single legislator, it only shows the kind of individuals the Naga people are electing to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. The precedence given and the urgency with which the Gaming Bill was passed, gives rise to the picture that the entire NLA was hijacked by a Parliamentary Secretary representing the interest of an outside gaming company. While the ACAUT Nagaland would not like to get drawn into the pros and cons of the now NPGPROGS Act 2016, opposed by the NBCC as well, it would like to question the legislators as to how the august house came to the conclusion that passage of the Gaming Bill was deemed more important than the Nagaland Lokayukta Bill, introduced at the same time as the Gaming Bill during the last Monsoon session? The state legislators should not be afraid of the Lokayukta; rather, the Act should be viewed as progressive, allowing for transparency and a merit society to thrive.
Be as it may be, the government is advised that unless the ACAUT is made privy to the contents of the Lokayukta Bill, passage of it will only lead to unwarranted situations.
Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland.