Could Sikkim be a role model for India?

The All India Gaming Federation recently conducted a one-day study and panel discussion throwing the spotlight on the tiny state of Sikkim, one of only three in the country where gambling is legal, with participants noting it could be a model for the rest of India to follow. Nestled in the Himalayas, the state has been at the forefront when it comes to legalizing gambling, permitting casinos, sports betting, online gambling and lotteries, which are contributing to the development of the economy. Despite this, the AIGF says there has not been any serious attempt to understand the regulatory framework; the benefits accruing to the state in terms of revenues and employment generation; or how the model implemented by the Sikkim government could be emulated by other states. The AIGF is a lobby group launched in New Delhi earlier this year to promote the legalization of gambling in India. The panel was held...

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