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Business News/ News / India/  Preparing framework to ban THESE three types of games, says Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Details here

Preparing framework to ban THESE three types of games, says Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Details here

The Indian government plans to ban games involving betting or addiction. Self-regulatory organizations will approve permissible games within 90 days.

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Online gaming (Representative image) (AP)

The Central government is planning to ban three types of games in the country, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said. On the issue of religious conversion through online gaming, Chandrasekhar said that the Centre has prepared the framework regarding online gaming. The government "will not allow games that involve betting or can be harmful to the user and that involves a factor of addiction", the cabinet minister said.

The minister said self-regulatory organisations - the bodies that will approve permissible games - have to be formed within 90 days from the date the regulations were notified.

"In the interim, in the next 90 days, as we wait for SROs, the government will make a decision on what is permissible or not permissible," he said.

The MoS for Electronics and IT also mentioned that the government will regulate artificial intelligence or any other technology from the perspective of harm it can inflict on users.

Allaying fear of job loss from the development of AI, the minister said there will be no threat to jobs from artificial intelligence in the next few years, but it may happen after 5-7 years.

"Our approach towards AI or any regulation is that we will regulate it through the prism of user harm. This is a new philosophy, which has started since 2014 that we will protect digital nagriks. We will not allow platforms harming digital nagriks. If they operate here, then they will mitigate user harm," Chandrasekhar said.

The minister said there is a "massive leap" in the electronics manufacturing sector in the country.

"We are manufacturing 100 per cent mobiles in the country unlike importing eighty per cent of the product in the past," he said, adding "Last year, we exported mobile phones worth over 1 lakh crore".

Chandrasekhar said that India under Prime Minister Modi is becoming a "global trusted partner" for manufacturing.

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Updated: 12 Jun 2023, 01:12 PM IST
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