: The State government has decided to revive the daily draws of the State-run lottery, suspended in the wake of its legal battle against out-of-State lotteries siphoning off huge amounts from the State.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, now in New Delhi to attend the CPI(M) Central committee meeting, has given the nod to the proposal from the Finance Department to revive daily draws, considering the mounting pressure from thousands of vendors who eked out a living by selling lottery tickets.

According to government sources, the daily draws would be revived from the first week of next month. The draws of the State lottery were earlier limited to be held once a week.

When his comment was sought on the issue, Mr. Achuthanandan told reporters in New Delhi that the decision was taken in the interest of hundreds of lottery vendors across the State as selling tickets was their only means for livelihood.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy expressed surprise as to how the government could take a decision on such an issue without the matter coming before the Cabinet. — PTI

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