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Need law to restrict children from PUBG addiction: Khaunte

PANAJI: Studies of students are being hampered by online games and there is a need for a law to restrict children from accessing games such as Player Unknown Battle Grounds (PUBG), said the Information Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte on Sunday.

PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation and played by millions of youngsters worldwide.

“The Chief Minister should take a call on the game as PUBG has become a demon in every house. Children say that they play this game on unknown battleground… so at the end of the day, there are no achievements.

And as it is not restrictive within the ambit of the family, I think some law needs to come in place but whether the law should be restrictive or there is a need for a ban needs to be studied,” said Khaunte while interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a function held for a stone laying ceremony of a new building for Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education at the board office in Porvorim.

He claimed that the time which was earlier being devoted by students for studies are now being wasted on playing the PUBG game.

“The biggest threat today is technology… the gaming industry is moving so fast that it is attracting the children of today. If what is happening in the US and other countries, and the same happens in India then instead of encashing on technology we will end up having liabilities,” he feared.

Khaunte commenting on the ‘misuse’ of technology recounted how he was a ‘victim’ of social media and is being targeted ‘unnecessarily’ by a group of people.

“I am blamed and targeted politically on social media as people think that I am behind every fight that takes place on the street. Social media is like a double-edged sword, Khaunte added that if the projects are in the interest of the state then

Goans should keep aside minor issues and support the government.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent charge) Shripad Naik laid the foundation stone for a new building for GBSHSE at the board office in Porvorim in the presence of Khaunte.

Khaunte addressing the gathering on the occasion said that Porvorim is on its way to becoming a hub for education in Goa.

“To help the cause of education in Goa, a strong support system is required in terms of having good infrastructure. Goa is moving towards becoming a knowledge economy. Our emphasis is also on creating a policy for inclusive education,” he said.

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