Maharashtra urged not to ban lotteries

Mumbai March 22 | Updated: Mar 23 2006, 05:30am hrs
Various groups have appealed to the Maharashtra government to reconsider its move to impose ban on two digit lotteries.

The All India Online and Internet Lottery Retailers Association (AIOILRA), Maharashtra Rajya Vyapari Association, Maharashtra Rajya Lottery Vikreta Union (MRLVU) and the Maharashtra Rajya Lottery Abhikarta Sena (MRLAS) under the flagship of the All India Federation of Lottery Trade and Allied Industries (AIFLTAI), the apex body of lottery traders in the country held a public protest on Wednesday against the governments decision.

President of MRLVU Chandrakant More took strong objection to the state finance minister Jayant Patils statment that a large number of people are getting addicted to it.

President of MRLAS Ramakant Acharekar observed that a blanket ban on lottery sales would lead to a rampant increase of illegal gambling such as matka and satta.