Nagaland anti-corruption committee questions passing of skill games bill

Nagaland’s Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) has alleged the recent passing of the Nagaland online skill games bill in the Assembly “at the cost of Lokayukta Bill and at the behest of a single legislator”, local media reports.

In a press release, ACAUT claimed that the urgency in passing the games bill showed the entire Nagaland Legislative Assembly was “hijacked by a Parliamentary Secretary representing the interest of an outside gaming company,” and also questioned how the NLA could have passed the new Gaming Bill ahead of the Nagaland Lokayukta Bill, which was introduced at the same time.

The action committee said legislators “should not be afraid of the Lokayukta; rather, the Act should be viewed as progressive, allowing for transparency and a merit society to thrive.”

The Lokayukta Bill was introduced to fight corruption, by allowing the formation of an anti-corruption authority to investigate into allegations of corruption against public functionaries and related matters. It would act as a watchdog against corrupt activities as well as recommend measures to improve efficiency of the government.