Kerala reverses decision to resume daily lottery draws
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 13:11
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government has reversed its decision to revive the daily draws of the state-run lottery, apparently to strengthen its legal grounds in its battle against the out-of-state lotteries siphonining off huge amounts from the state.

According to government sources, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today directed the Finance Department to instruct the Lottery authorities to stop printing of the tickets for the daily draws, planned to be rsumed from the first week of December.

On Sunday, Achuthanandan himself had given nod to the the proposal for resumption of the daily draws, considering the mounting pressure from thousands of vendors who eked out a living by selling tickets.

The daily lottery was suspended a couple of months back to reinforce the government's lagal standing in its fight against the out-side-state lotteries, whose operations allegedly involved irregularities besides siphoning off huge amount from the state without any gurantee to the buyers regarding their proper running.

The Kerala High Court had also made observations against the legality on the part of the state government of running its own daily draws while it was demanding restrictions on the sale of outside state lotteries.

With the lottery issue turning into a hot topic of political wranglings between the ruling LDF and the Opposition UDF, the government limited the draws of the state run lottery to once-a-week.

The UDF had unleashed a fierce attack on the government in the assembly and outside accusing it of collusion with lottery tycoons who fattened by absorbing money from common man by selling tickets of outside lotteries without any guarantee of their authenticity.

The Government, on the other hand, hit back at the UDF saying the Centre alone had powers to curb the outside lotteries and the UPA Government was unwilling to take action against big distributors.


First Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 13:11

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