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Question Hour: Minister for Information and Communication questioned on the Government’s initiatives to ban/prohibit the popular online PUBG game

Posted on :11 June 2021

Of the Six Questions raised to the Ministers in Group A today, one of the questions raised to the Minister for Information and Communication was on the Government’s initiatives to ban/prohibit the popular online PUBG game due to its huge psychological impacts, and inconvenience and disturbance on the youths while studying. The question was raised by Hon’ble Dupthob from Bomdeling-Jamkhar constituency and he also stated that Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has recommended PUBG game to be banned but it is still yet to be implemented. 

 

Responding to the question, the Information and Communication Minister agreed that the online PUBG game did indeed impact youth’s psychology. He reported that the Ministry requested BICMA to look into the issue and that BICMA in collaboration with internet operators like Bhutan Telecom, Tashi Cell, and NANO plan to come to explore the possible solution. However, the Minister mentioned that the game is available on an online game server and that countries all over the world are exploring ways to ban the game completely. He also mentioned that since the parent company of the game is also the parent company of many apps Bhutanese uses like WeChat and TikTok, we will have to be careful in going ahead with the banning of the game. Meanwhile, the Minister requested the teachers and the parents to supervise their children’s online activities.

 

The other questions were on issues ranging from plans for the Covid-19 vaccines, plans and strategies to support those businesses affected due to the global pandemic, Amendment of the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act of Bhutan, possibilities to procure a high-performance helicopter, and on Bhutan’s post-pandemic situations. 

 

The next Question Hour session is scheduled on Tuesday morning for the Ministers in Group B

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