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India to propose prohibiting all private cryptocurrencies

Investors worry the government might eventually ban crypto trading.
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India is preparing a bill to regulate cryptocurrencies, which will be presented to parliament in the session starting Nov. 29.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government proposes to help the central bank create an official digital currency, according to a description of the bill, posted on parliament’s website Tuesday. The contents of the bill haven’t yet been finalised, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

“The bill also seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses,” the text reads.

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India has had a hot-and-cold relationship with digital currencies in the past few years. In 2018, it effectively banned crypto transactions, but the Supreme Court struck down the restriction in March 2020. In recent months, there have been calls to impose stricter rules for transactions in virtual coins as an unregulated environment could push more domestic household savings toward the asset class.

Investors are worried the government might eventually ban crypto trading once the bill is tabled in the parliament next week. That led to a sharper fall in the price of Bitcoin traded in India’s local currency compared to the rest of the world. Bitcoins were down 12.2% on one of the leading crypto exchange Wazirx at 11.31 am in Mumbai compared with 1.8% fall globally.

India’s central bank is opposed to private virtual currencies and Governor Shaktikanta Das has said the country needs much deeper discussions on the issue of cryptocurrencies. A Finance Ministry spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment.

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