Govt to regulate online gaming in bid to earn revenue

Shillong, Jan 14: To regulate online gaming within the state and to bring revenue to the Government, the cabinet approved the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Ordinance, 2021.

Taxation Minister, James K. Sangma informed that in its bid to increase revenue collection by ways of improving the existing taxation acts, and through embracing the usage of technology and also by tapping new resources to generate revenue the Taxation department has seen that through the usage of information technology gaming today has emerged as one of the most popular past times globally and Meghalaya is no exception.

“The gaming through the use of information technology generates revenue to the entity involved in operation of online gaming server through acceptance of stake money and advertisements,” Sangma told reporters.

He said that in order to regulate gaming within the state, and to bring revenue to the state the government felt it is necessary to enact a law.

He informed that the views of the Law department and Finance department were sought and both have given their approval to the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Ordinance, 2021.

Sangma also informed that Cabinet passed a resolution to implement Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Phase-II which includes the timely release of state share for the programme and devolution of funds to Village Water and Sanitation Committees for co-financing of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) components.

Sangma informed, states shall become eligible to release funds based on the attainment of the following conditions – the state cabinet passes a resolution to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Phase II and commits timely release of state share for the programme. The state has to set up suggested institutional arrangements for implementation and management of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Phase II and that the state agrees to devolve funds to the Gram Panchayats for co-financing of the Phase II components and lastly, develops a project implementation plan and annual implementation plan.

Sangma said that since Meghalaya do not have Gram Panchayats, as the practice was followed in the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Phase I in its place the Village Water and Sanitation Committees were formed and the project were implemented through these committees.

The cabinet also approved the Meghalaya Housing (Subordinate) Statistical Service Rule 2020- to regulate the method of recruitment, promotion and service matter of persons appointed to the post of Assistant Research Officer, Research Assistant and Investigator in the Directorate of Housing.

The Meghalaya Right to Public Services Rules 2021 under Section 19 of the Meghalaya Right to Public Services Act 2020 which prescribes procedure and forms for filing appeals, duties of designated officers, and composition of the State Public Services Delivery Commission was also approved by the cabinet.