Amid stiff opposition from various quarters, the Meghalaya Cabinet passed the ordinance to repeal the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act (MRGA), 2021 on Wednesday.
Following the cabinet meeting, the Meghalaya Chief Minister – Conrad Sangma noted that he will hold a discussion with the Assembly Speaker – Metbah Lyngdoh to take up the matter in the next sitting of the Assembly.
Due to pressure from various quarters including the church bodies, the state government in October announced to repeal the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act, 2021.
However, the administration in March, issued licences to set up three casinos, which led to widespread agitations by various organizations, including the Joint Action Committee Against Casino (JACAC), the Khasi Jaintia Christian Leaders Forum (KJCLF), the Meghalaya United Christian Forum and various pressure groups.
The CM recently declared that the state government would re-examine the decision to open casinos in the state.