India Needs Gambling Commission To Boost Sports Betting Revenues

An industry lobby group has urged the Indian government to set up a commission with the power to clamp down on the country’s illegal sports betting operations.

In a presentation to the government, Sanjiv Paul, chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), said that India was missing out on significant taxable income through the lack of a regulatory body for sports betting.

“India is continuing to lose billions of dollars in taxable revenue through illegal operations in sports betting,” Paul said.

A FICCI report added that introducing a body based on the UK Gambling Commission would also help to reduce money laundering and potential match-fixing, with illegal betting activity peaking during the annual Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition.

“They [the UK Gambling Commission] audit betting operators in order to ensure that they are complying with the rules and their licences,” FICCI stated.

“They also investigate complaints against operators and have the power to review and revoke licences if rules are breached. The commission can conduct criminal prosecutions or co-operate with other authorities.”

FICCI also argued that a blanket ban on sports betting would be counter-productive.

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