-3.1 C
Sunday, January 23, 2022

India May Not Ban Crypto, Says Ex-Finance Secretary

The bill is only concerned with crypto as currency and may not come into effect, he says.

Key Takeaways

  • Last month, it was reported that India could impose a far-reaching ban on cryptocurrency with an upcoming bill.
  • Now, a former financial secretary has said that the bill was not finalized and is unlikely to result in a total ban.
  • He also questions whether the bill will be introduced.

India may not ban cryptocurrency, according to comments from a government official running contrary to earlier reports.

Ex-Finance Secretary Comments on Bill

In November, it was widely reported that India planned to introduce a bill that could impose an extensive ban on cryptocurrency, going as far as to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies.”

Former Indian finance secretary Subhash Garg, who drafted the original bill, commented on the scope of the bill this week.

Garg told News18 that the wording was a “perhaps a mistake” due to the fact that the bill had not been finalized. “It is misleading to say that private cryptocurrencies will be banned and to intimate [the same about the government],” he explained.

Rather, he says that the draft bill was largely intended to prevent cryptocurrencies from being used as currency, noting that the crypto economy extends beyond that concern. “The government is probably dealing with only the currency aspect of it,” he said.

He then declined the idea that cryptocurrency can simply be classified as a taxable commodity, calling that an “oversimplification.”

Garg also questioned whether the bill will be handled in December’s upcoming parliamentary session as previously reported. “It has not been considered by the Cabinet and therefore I have even doubts whether this bill will get introduced,” he said.

Experts Question Likelihood of India Ban

Others have previously questioned whether India would impose an outright ban on crypto. Zebpay CEO Avinash Shekhar suggested that the country would simply impose “coherent regulation…on the tougher side” during a CNBC interview in November.

Meanwhile, lawyer Anirudh Rastogi, who prevented previous restrictions on exchanges in 2018, has suggested that he and others could contest upcoming regulations in court.

Combined with several previous attempts at crypto restrictions, it seems unlikely that India will impose a far-reaching ban on cryptocurrency in the immediate future.

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this author held less than $100 of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and altcoins.

The information on or accessed through this website is obtained from independent sources we believe to be accurate and reliable, but Decentral Media, Inc. makes no representation or warranty as to the timeliness, completeness, or accuracy of any information on or accessed through this website. Decentral Media, Inc. is not an investment advisor. We do not give personalized investment advice or other financial advice. The information on this website is subject to change without notice. Some or all of the information on this website may become outdated, or it may be or become incomplete or inaccurate. We may, but are not obligated to, update any outdated, incomplete, or inaccurate information.

You should never make an investment decision on an ICO, IEO, or other investment based on the information on this website, and you should never interpret or otherwise rely on any of the information on this website as investment advice. We strongly recommend that you consult a licensed investment advisor or other qualified financial professional if you are seeking investment advice on an ICO, IEO, or other investment. We do not accept compensation in any form for analyzing or reporting on any ICO, IEO, cryptocurrency, currency, tokenized sales, securities, or commodities.

See full terms and conditions.

India Could Introduce Crypto Ban Next Month


India may soon implement a ban on cryptocurrency, according to a recently published government bulletin. Bill Aims to Prohibit Cryptocurrencies A government bulletin published on Tuesday suggests that the Indian…

Indian Central Bank Reaffirms Anti-Crypto Stance

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India has clarified the bank’s aversions to cryptocurrencies.  Indian Central Bank Still Anti-Crypto  India’s central bank is still taking a firm stance against…

How Bumper’s Price Protection Helps DeFi Users Earn Yield on Their A…

Is it possible to build a DeFi protocol that counters crypto’s inherent volatility while also letting holders enjoy the upshot of their assets? Bumper Finance is a DeFi price-protection protocol that aims…

India Says Banks Cannot Restrict Crypto Transactions

India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has resolved confusion around a letter that was sent to bank account holders. Indian Central Bank Clarifies Policy On Friday, two…

BFIA Admin
The big boss.

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles