By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, May 16, 2018:
The Cabinet has approved the Meghalaya Regulation of Game of Arrow Shooting and the Sale of Teer Tickets Ordinance, 2018 for regulating of arrow shooting popular known as ‘teer’ business in the State.
Talking to newsmen after the Cabinet meeting, Home Minister James PK Sangma said that they have come up with the ordinance after the Meghalaya Amusement and Betting Tax Act 1982 was repealed ever since the Goods Service Tax (GST) came into force.
Sangma said that the rules have been framed to regulate the teer business and the betting that goes on. “In the absence of an Act, we have come up with this ordinance with the intention of bringing in place regulation which regulates betting business in the game of teer. The ordinance will empower the State Government to issue licenses for operating of the teer business,” Home Minister said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong stated that there was no regulation after the Act was repealed when GST came into force.
“It was necessary to come with this ordinance to ensure that the people who are involve in the teer business for their livelihood do not suffer. Once the ordinance is approved by the Governor, the same regulation will be implemented,” Tynsong said.
When asked about the revenue collected by the State Government from the teer business, Home Minister informed that the revenue generated in the 2014-2015 is 1,01,27,707 and in 2015-2016 1,7363,124.
“No revenue collected after the GST came in,” Sangma said. When asked in how many places the arrow shooting is taking place, Home Minister informed that seven organizers is authorized by the State Government to organize arrow shooting in the State.