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Law Commission Asks MeitY to Put a Hold on the Draft Online Gaming Rules

In a letter addressed to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the 22nd Law Commission headed by the former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, Ritu Raj Awasthi, has asked to put a hold on the draft online gaming rules, i.e., the draft Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules.

MeitY has been requested to “hold a meeting and have a consultation” with the commission on the Draft Rules through the letter. The commission asserted that factors such as financial losses, addiction to gaming amongst youngsters, and fraudulent malpractices must be considered. It has been decided to conduct an in-depth study, analyse the draft rules, and make a comprehensive report.

MeitY was made the nodal body for online gaming vide notification dated December 23, 2022, under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. Subsequently, the Draft Rules were released by the MeitY. The policy will be finalised after MeitY completes its obligation of conducting consultation meetings with the concerned stakeholders.