Owing to countless controversies demanding the implementation of proper monitoring regulations for internet cafes, the Punjab government is going to forward a bill titled “Net Cafe Regulations Act (Punjab Cyber and Gaming Cafe Regulations Act) 2012.”
The bill is likely to be tabled in Punjab Assembly after consultation with concerned stakeholders after announcement of budget in June 2012.
According to sources, the bill was expected to be finalized in December 11, 2011, however, disagreement over some conflicting points from cabinet members couldn’t bring it into due action then.
According to bill, in net cafes, private cabins will no more be allowed and the exciting cabins will be removed. instead, computers will be placed on simple tables. Moreover, customers will have to provide their identity cards and the net cafe owners will have to maintain a record of their customers identifications. The owner of the cafe will be culpable for any sort of misuse detected and cafes will neither remain open after 10pm nor before 8 am.