India is inching closer to regulating cryptocurrencies within its borders. The country’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman told The Hindu that India’s crypto bill is ready and the government has taken inputs from industry stakeholders to prepare the document.
“We have done a lot of work on it. We have taken stakeholders’ inputs. The Cabinet note is ready. We have to see when the Cabinet can take it up and consider it so that then we can move it,” she said in her interview.
That could mean that the new laws to regulate cryptocurrencies in India could be up for debate during the next session of the Parliament, which is set to kick off on July 19.
The bill was also listed for the Budget session of the Parliament — which takes place from February to March — but wasn’t tabled at the time, possibly because the session had to be cut short due to the second COVID-19 wave that hit the country at the time.
From our side, I think one or two indications that I have given is that at least for fintech, experiment and pilot projects a window will be available. The Cabinet will have to make a decision. ~ Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Finance Minister, told The Hindu Business Line
The Indian government’s stance on crypto remains unclear
The bill that was expected to debut during the Budget session of Parliament was expected to pitch for a ban on all ‘private cryptocurrencies’, and also lay out the framework for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) — or a digital version of the rupee.
At the time, many expected that the bill would be a version of the regulations seen in a draft legislation that was announced back in 2019, which banned most crypto exchanges and firms in the country.
But, the government has flip flopped on its stance when it comes to digital currencies. In the past, Sitharaman has said that the government is considering a ‘calibrated’ approach to crypto.
Things came to a head in May though, when an informal guidance from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) led banks to withdraw services from cryptocurrency exchanges.
Source ~ Business Insider India
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