UNP & JHU against the gambling act
The UNP has decided to protest against the Gambling Regulations Act to be forwarded to the Parliament by the govt and they have also called a special session to discuss this issue.
The UNP has asked the govt to postpone this act until they get
permission from the Maha Sangha and other religious leaders and now if
the govt is going to table this act without any consideration to the
above request the UNP will rise against it along with other religious,
politics and public organizations.
JHU also have said that they would vote against the Gaming Levy (Special
Provisions) Bill unless the amendments proposed by them were
incorporated in the new legislation.
JHU MP Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera said “Through this Bill, the
government has sought to regulate the gaming centres in the country and
permit them to be operated in specified areas. Earlier, we did not have a
system for that. It is a positive point. In the meantime, it appears to
be giving legality to gaming centres in a way. There are certain
unclear aspects of the bill. During the committee stage, we will bring
some amendments to sort out these shortcomings. We are only a party to
the government,” Ven. Thera said.
The Gaming bill will be presented to the Parliament tomorrow with the
amendments, proposed by UPFA constituent parties.