Parliament Rejects e-Lottery Bill

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has rejected the government-proposed Aungbarlay Lottery Bill which hopes to introduce e-lottery and provisions that would allow private-government partnership in lottery operations.

U Tun Tun Hein, member of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee, told The Myanmar Times that as Aungbarlay Lottery Bill was sent back to the government.

“Hluttaw cannot accept the fact of working in partnership at all,” he said.

He said drawing lottery is gambling that is why only government should operate it. He added that revenues collected from lottery have to be spent for development of the country.

“It is not possible at all to give the taxes collected from lottery industry to private entities,” He said.

He also said that the government must propose a separate bill for e-lottery operations.

“As it is the ordinary people who mainly patronize lottery, the government should not aggrieve ordinary people and should not lose revenues collected from it,” said U Tun Tun Hein.

The bill was submitted by the Union Government to the Hluttaw in June 2016.

The Joint Bill Committee urged the government to re-submit the bill after discussing it with the Union Attorney-General Office, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment Commission, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the Lottery Retailers Association.

Source: The Myanmar Times

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