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Centre issues Advisory for ads on Online Betting, Gambling

Published on June 14, 2022
Current Context: The advisory comes in light of instances of a number of advertisements of online betting websites/platforms appearing in print, electronic, social, and online media.
Centre issues Advisory for ads on Online Betting, Gambling
  • As per Ministry Betting and gambling are illegal in most parts of the country and pose significant financial and socio-economic risks for consumers.
  • Apart from that these advertisements for online betting have the effect of promoting this largely prohibited activity.
  • Presently the advertisements for online betting are misleading and do not appear to be in strict conformity with the Consumer Protection Act 2019, Advertising Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995.
  • It has advised the print and electronic media to refrain from publishing advertisements on online betting platforms.
  • The earlier ministry had advised Private Satellite TV channels to adhere to the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) guidelines on advertisements for online gaming.

Question:

Q.1 Recently I&B Ministry has issued guidelines for which the following online gaming activities?
a. Betting & Gambling
b. Online snooker
c. Fantasy games
d. Puzzle games
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