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Meghalaya State Government Issues 3 Provisional Gaming Licenses Gaming
Mrinal Gujare
Posted on 09 Apr, 2022
By Mrinal Gujare
On 09 Apr, 2022
By Mrinal Gujare
On 09 Apr, 2022

Meghalaya State Government Issues 3 Provisional Gaming Licenses

Meghalaya Gaming Law

According to a report by Gateway To Gaming (G2G), Meghalaya state has issued provisional licenses to three gaming operators. On Thursday, Meghalaya’s Chief Minister (CM), Conrad Sangma announced that three provisional licenses were issued under the Meghalaya Gaming Regulation. Sangma made this announcement at the All India Gaming Federation’s (AIGF) Knowledge Series. 

Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act, 2021

The news report further adds that Meghalaya state government recently enacted the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act, 2021. As per this law, the state now allows gaming operators to obtain a gaming license to offer both online and land-based games of chance like slots, roulette, keno, wheel of fortune, among others. The news report also states that this law was notified in December 2021.

With the enactment of the gaming law, Meghalaya is now the third state from the northeast belt to enable a gaming regulation. Sikkim and Nagaland from the northeastern states have also enacted regulations for gaming.

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Meghalaya state government in its latest regulation imposed a ban on the entry of locals in the land-based gaming premises. This ban is very similar to Goa state government’s rule of not allowing locals in the casinos; this ban by law was also upheld by the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court.

What does the new regulation mean

Coming back to Meghalaya, online games can be played via intranet (terminals) which cannot traverse beyond the boundaries of the state. This system is reportedly followed in the state of Sikkim as well. Individuals above the age of 18 are permitted to play. Furthermore, gaming operators are prohibited from accepting any payment above the sum of ₹25,000 (cash).

Terms for obtaining a license

According to Meghalaya’s enacted gaming regulations, gaming operators need to obtain a license which will be issued only to an Indian or a legal entity based in India. A gaming operator has to set-up an office in the state of Meghalaya within 30 days of receiving the gaming license.

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