The government will soon introduce a new crypto bill, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha today.
The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021 seeks to ban all but a few private cryptocurrencies to promote underlying technologies while allowing an official digital currency by RBI.
After approval of the Cabinet, the government will introduce a new crypto bill in Parliament after Cabinet approval, FM Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Speaking in Lok Sabha, the finance minister said, “We are close to bringing a bill in parliament.. It will be introduced in the house once cabinet clears the bill.”
The government will not ban advertisements on cryptocurrency. Stating this in Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “This is a risky area and not in a complete regulatory framework. No decision was taken on banning its advisements. Steps are taken to create awareness through RBI & SEBI.
Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange said, “There is a need to have a good understanding on how cryptocurrencies in India will be like. Firstly, there is no blanket ban. The crypto bill in circulation is an old bill. The regulators are reworking on the new bill. Secondly, there is no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency. With the given scenarios, it is only right for the government not to ban advertisements on cryptocurrency related promotions. But do bear in mind, there are advertising laws in India such as the Press Council of India Act, 1978 and there is an Advertisement Standard Council of India to observe fairness. Therefore, this does not mean that crypto companies can go “Wild Wild West ” and put up misleading messages or advertisements promising sure-win schemes.”
Govt not to recognise bitcoin as currency
On November 29, Sitharaman in reply to a query on whether the government has any proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency in the country, the Finance Minister said ”No, sir”.
The Ministry said, “Cryptocurrencies are unregulated in India. RBI has vide its circular dated May 31st, 2021, advised its regulated entities to continue to carry out customer due diligence processes in line with regulations governing standards for Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combating of Financing of Terrorism (CFT) and obligations of regulated entities under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, (PMLA), 2002 in addition to ensuring compliance with relevant provisions under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) for overseas remittances.”
The government will look at a regulatory mechanism like it is done for currency by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), according to news reports. Cryptocurrency could be treated as a commodity and will be taxed. There will be a regulatory mechanism on cryptocurrency like there is RBI for currencies.
The Government has received a proposal from RBI in October, 2021 for amendment to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 to enhance the scope of the definition of ‘bank note’ to include currency in digital form.
Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.
Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.
An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.