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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Lottery Samrakshana Samithi has urged the State government to introduce daily draws of the State lottery instead of the present weekly draws.
In a memorandum to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday, the organisation said the lottery agents and vendors in the State were in dire straits. From August 30 last year, the government had restricted the draws of the State lottery to once a week. This was done following the order of a Single Judge of the High Court of Kerala.
With the introduction of such a restriction, the income of the lottery agents and vendors came down drastically from the level when daily draws were being conducted. The agents and vendors were earning very little commission by selling daily-draw lottery earlier. Their plight could be imagined when the small income they had been earning earlier got further reduced. Eight lottery vendors ended their lives due to financial difficulties brought by the change in the frequency of the lottery draws.
A Division Bench of the High Court ruled on October 16, 2010 and also on March 8, 2011 that the State government could revert to the earlier practice of conducting daily draws of its lottery. The order was that the State government had the authority to take a policy decision in this matter. The organisation said that the Supreme Court too had permitted the State government to conduct daily draws of its lottery. The Kerala government was managing its lottery in the proper way, unlike the other State lotteries, about which there had been serious complaints relating to irregularities.
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