Cashless Digital due to Demonetization: Sankranti Cockfights

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Cock-fights to go cashless this Sankranti

THE HANS INDIA | Dec 21,2016 , 01:59 AM IST

For the first time in the history of Andhra Pradesh, the organisers of cock-fights are gearing up for cashless cock-fights for the Sankranti festival which is due next month. As the demonetisation impact is very huge in the rural areas, cock-fight organisers are gearing up for cashless fights and use of mobile apps to transfer the money online.

Cock-fight is a traditional betting game during the three day festival of Bhogi, Sankranti and Kanuma which is in the second week of January. Though there is an official ban on cockfights in the State, the organisers conduct the cockfights with the help of political leaders. Leaders of all political parties including some MLAs attend the cockfights which are held in in East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and other Coastal districts.

Due to impact of demonetization, the villagers are left without new currency notes. Keeping this in mind they are planning to depend on cashless transactions this time around. The punters should invest between Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh, but the punters are not in a position to withdraw money from the banks due to short supply of cash.

The bankers are limiting the money to Rs.24,000 for each account holder. In this backdrop, the punters are planning for cashless fights using mobile apps, said K Naresh, one of the organiser in Nunna. This year cock-fight betting would be based on trust, he felt.

Some of the punters started using internet banking services to manage cock-fights. Liquor shops, biryani-points, non-vegetarian fast food centres, pan shops and even entertainment programmes like recording dances will be arranged at the venues for three days.

The cock fighting organisers have been searching for suitable places to conduct cock-fights. Every year some crores of rupees are being spent at the time of Makara Sankrnti in the name of Cock-fights. Every year police higher authorities usually warn cock-fighters and book bind over cases against organisers. But, political leaders successfully influence officials to manage cock-fights without any hindrances.

Interestingly, some MPs, Ministers of AP, Telangana and Karnataka and other states come to Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts to celebrate the festival with cock-fights and delicacies. The betting amount is estimated at Rs.1000 crore every year.

Demonetisation Fails To Stop Cockfights

Gulte | December 20th, 2016, 01:00 PM IST

Each year, hundreds of crores of rupees exchange hands during the month-long cock fights in Bhimavaram and the surrounding villages of West Godavari.

With Narendra Modi’s announcement on demonetisation, there has been a huge speculation that the cockfights will take a death blow this year due to lack of money. But surprisingly, the ground-level reports from West Godavari show a totally opposite scenario.

Even before a month for the Sankranthi festivities to begin, several villages in West Godavari are already brimming with the commencement of cockfights and lakhs of rupees being exchanged, even braving the strict vigil of the police department.

The madness is such that during a recent raid, police recovered nearly 3.31 lakh rupees from the gamblers of a small cockfight racket. This is a clear indication the the main cockfights during the festival holidays will see an inflow of hundreds of crores.

Already, the cockfight organisers have reserved several rooms in Bhimavaram town for participants and guests who will throng the town from various places of the country and even paid nearly 1 crore in advance.

Last year, the fighter cocks fetched  Rs.5,000 to Rs.50,000. This year, gamblers are not thinking twice to splurge anywhere between Rs.10,000 to 60,000 depending on the breed of the rooster. As per the preliminary estimations, nearly Rs.350-400 crores are expected to exchange hands during next Sankranthi.

Modi Blow on Sankranthi Cock Fights 

Jhansi Guraja | December 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

December and January are busy months for Telugu people, especially to Seemandra. As it is the time of Sankranthi, one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Andhra and Telangana, a lot of transactions happen during this period, especially in the name of Cock fights people shower money on the game.

Though the game is banned, people organize the game illegally and heaps of money is exchanged during the game. Around 600 cores are spent on betting the Cockfight game every year. Court ban couldn’t stop this legendary game but Modi’s ban had definitely got the game down. As the game is organized totally using liquid cash, the cash ban brought a jerk to Cockfight lovers. As per reports the amount that could be spent on the game would be reduced to 200 core this year due to demonetization.

Though new notes of 2000 are out for circulation, due to limited withdrawal scheme, people couldn’t earn sufficient amount for the betting. The 500 notes are also out for circulation but in a slow pace and the other small denominations 100 and 50 notes are deficient due to lack of change crisis and are circulated less nowadays. One can call the dip in Cockfight as a side effect of Demonetization.

Demonetisation to impact cock fighting this year

Siva G | TNN | Updated: Dec 1, 2016, 11.58 AM IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: January 2017 may be a month away, but those who are engaged in the cock fighting industry in coastal Andhra apprehend that the betting this time around will take a big hit due to the demonetisation of high currency notes by the NDA government on November 8.

Though courts have banned the sport, the annual cock fights continue to be a big betting industry. Cock fighting in coastal Andhra generally crosses Rs 600 crore every year. However, this year the betting amount may not cross Rs 200 crore, sources said.




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