India is now nearer to regulating cryptocurrency within its borders. The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told The Hindu Business line that the Indian crypto bill is ready. They have prepared the bill after taking inputs from stakeholders of the industry.
At the time of the interview, when asked about the “Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021”. She said that “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.”
During the last budget session, the bill was supposed to be tabled, but due to Covid 19 issues, the crypto bill was never brought up. The new law to regulate cryptocurrencies in India could be up for debate during the next session of the parliament. The upcoming Monsoon session is going to start from 19th July. The crypto community has high hopes of seeing the impending crypto bill’s discussion.
“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 take a decision.”
Sitharaman has hinted at a possible window for pilot programs if the bill passes in the parliament once the cabinet approves the bills. Even though Sitharaman did not mention a clear stance on the crypto note.
Despite the central bank’s notice not to use its 2018 circular, it warned banks against processing cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency adoption in India is booming. A recent report has shown that crypto investments in India rose 19,900% over the past year.