Manipur government to reintroduce lottery to the state

The Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, Yumnam Joykumar on Thursday announced that the state plans to reintroduce lottery, which is expected to bolster state coffers by Rs 100 crores (US$14 million) annually, local media reports.

Mr. Joykumar made the comments in reply to a supplementary question by opposition Congress MLA Surjakumar Okram in the state assembly on Thursday.

Joykumar said when it came to selling lotteries, it has not been decided whether it would be sold only in the state, or only outside the state, or both.

He also said that Rs 857.89 crore has been collected as GST revenue of the state since the introduction of GST on July 2017 till January 2019.

Joykumar said that the state is projecting Rs 754.78 crore as GST revenue collection next year.