On Saturday, at a BJP Economic Cell event, India’s FM Nirmala Sitharaman cautioned the public and start-up entrepreneurs against crypto use as the ED is cracking its whip on the exchanges.
As per reports, Nirmala said that ‘caution is the word as all that is floating around is not currency’.
Sitharaman said, “The government has already warned. I think all of us will have to share our thoughts and move with a bit of caution on this.”
Referring to the recent money laundering cases being probed by the ED, she further added that an episode was reported in the media, into which the investigation was happening, revealing several such ‘pitfalls’.
But the minister wasn’t very pessimistic about the technology as she then clarified that technology provided many possibilities and people in the crypto sector should not think that the government was inward looking and against technology.
Talking about the blockchain, FM Sitharaman said the Union government was very keen to encourage blockchain distributed ledger technology in India.