The Andhra Pradesh cabinet meeting held on Thursday. The state cabinet that met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took the decision to ban online gambling, Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said.

Under the new laws, those convicted of playing banned online gaming platforms would be awarded six months of imprisonment, and two years of jail for repeat conviction.

The state cabinet also decided to credit money directly into accounts of farmers availing themselves of free power scheme under direct benefit transfer scheme, creating new posts of divisional development officers in the cadre of Deputy Directors in Panchayat Raj Department between the cadre of MPDOs and Joint Collectors, establishment of AP State Development Corporation — a public limited company to fund planning and social and economic development.

The other decisions include constructing two new barrages downstream of Prakasam Barrage at an estimated cost of ₹2,565 crore. The new barrages would come up between Chodavaram village in Penamaluru mandal and Ramachandrapuram village in Mangalagiri mandal; and between Mopidevi mandal in Krishna district and Turupupalem in Repalle mandal.

Administrative approvals were given to 14 reservoirs in the Rayalaseema region. The Cabinet approved the land acquisition of 51.07 acres at Bapatla and 41.97 acres in Markapuram mandal in Prakasam district for setting up of medical colleges.

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