Legalization of betting
In India, betting and gambling is a state subject and is legal in several states whereas banned in several other states. Lodha Committee has a liberal view on this.
The committee wants to clearly distinguish the fixing and betting. While it wants to criminalize the former, it recommends to legalize the latter. Justifying the recommendation, Justice Lodha said betting was a $ 400 billion phenomenon practised worldwide and lawmakers in India should enact laws to legalise it. This will bring in huge revenues for the governments.
Legalization will only bring what’s happening in the dark to light and ideally should be implemented now. Better late than never.