New Delhi: Government on Friday said it chose to
regulate lotteries trade rather than banning it outright due
to lack of political consensus over the issue.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said in the Rajya Sabha a
high-level Study Group has recommended setting up of a
regulatory body to redress disputes relating to lotteries both
at the Centre as well at the state level.
It has also called for a model agreement between the
Centre and the states for paper and online lottery after
consultations with the Law Ministry.
Seeking withdrawal of The Lotteries (Prohibition) Bill,
1999, Chidambaram said, "It was felt that there is no
possibility of evolving a political consensus on imposing a
complete ban on the lottery trade in the country..."
The Bill, introduced in the House over 10 years ago, was
later withdrawn. It had sought a complete ban on lotteries by
the central or state governments or any other organisation or
However, a number of state governments had opposed the
move. Most of the states running lotteries except Tripura
were of the view that lotteries should not be banned but
Later a Study Group comprising representatives of the
Centre and states recommended that lotteries should be
regulated rather than banned.
Recognising the immediate need to regulate the trade, the
government has already incorporated changes in rules in the
existing Lotteries (Regulation) Act, which have been notified
from April 1 this year.