Gaming Bill over Lokayukta Bill? asks ACAUT Nagaland

DIMAPUR, MARCH 27 (MExN): The Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland today questioned whether the passing of the Prohibition of Gaming and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill (NPGPROGS) Bill, 2015, took precedence over the Nagaland Lokayukta Bill “at the behest of a single legislator.”  

The passing of the NPGPROGS Bill, the ACAUT alleged “only shows the kind of individuals the Naga people are electing to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.”  

“The precedence given and the urgency with which the Gaming Bill was passed, gives rise to the picture that the entire NLA was hijacked by a Parliamentary Secretary representing the interest of an outside gaming company,” the ACAUT alleged.  

It questioned how the NLA “came to the conclusion that passage of the Gaming Bill was deemed more important than the Nagaland Lokayukta Bill, introduced at the same time as the Gaming Bill during the last Monsoon session.” It urged that the legislators “should not be afraid of the Lokayukta; rather, the Act should be viewed as progressive, allowing for transparency and a merit society to thrive.”  

It however informed the government that unless the ACAUT is made privy to the contents of the Lokayukta Bill, “passage of it will only lead to unwarranted situations.”