Gaming parlours, discos asked to install CCTV cameras

The State government has directed video game parlours and discotheques to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to check illegal activities.

Home Minister K.J. George told presspersons here on Tuesday that the government would not grant permission for live bands in Bangalore and other parts of the State.

No licences have been issued for live bands, while there was no need to obtain licences to open video game parlours. Unfortunately, gaming parlours have turned into gambling centres and the police would act against illegal activities there, Mr. George said.

The Minister, who chaired a meeting with the stakeholders of gaming parlours and discotheques in the city last week, said that granting licences for live bands was strictly prohibited under the law. Owners of gaming parlours and discotheques have agreed to install CCTV cameras, he said.

Under the law, only customers and patrons have the right to dance in discotheques. Women employees have been barred from dancing in bars and restaurants and discotheques. The police have been told to act against illegal bars and restaurants holding live bands and “obscene dances”, the Minister said.

Dress code

The government had not prevented women from working in bars and restaurants, clarified Mr. George, but said the staff should follow dress code to differentiate them from customers. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would be asked to chair a meeting of the Excise and Home departments to formulate guidelines for gaming parlours and discotheques, the Minister added.