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India seeks to ban most cryptocurrencies, causing prices to tank

The bill seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions
07 March 2021, India, Kolkata: Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi addresses supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a mass rally ahead of the state legislative assembly elections at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata. Photo: Avishek Das/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi addresses supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kolkata. Photo: Avishek Das/dpa.

The Indian government is set to introduce a bill to ban all private cryptocurrencies, with a few exceptions, as well as create a framework to regulate digital currency issued by the country’s central bank.

The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill has been listed for introduction in the parliamentary session beginning November 29, state-run broadcasting service Prasar Bharati said citing the official agenda released Tuesday evening.

The bill seeks to “create a facilitative framework for the creation of official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India. It also seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency.”

In response to the development, all major digital currencies saw a fall of around 15% in overnight trading on Indian crypto exchanges, with Bitcoin down by 18.53%, Ethereum down by 15.58% and Tether down by 18.29%, broadcaster NDTV reported.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged democracies to collaborate on cryptocurrency, saying this was important to ensure that currencies like Bitcoin do not fall into the “wrong hands."

The Indian government has concerns that cryptocurrencies could be used to finance terrorism and money laundering. Officials are also sceptical of the virtual currencies, pointing out their volatility and misleading promises to investors.

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