Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg Proposes Regulating Crypto as Commodity in India

Subhash Chandra Garg, former Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary of India, has told the Indian crypto community that crypto assets should be regulated as commodities. However, he stands by his draft crypto bill that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies should be outlawed.

Garg Proposes Indian Government Regulates Crypto as Commodity

Subhash Chandra Garg, former Economic Affairs Secretary and Finance Secretary of India, talked about the prospect of regulating cryptocurrency in the country during a webinar entitled “Cryptocurrency in India: What the future holds.” It was organized by law firm Khaitan & Co. in association with Blockon and Crebaco Global. Garg was the keynote speaker and he also appeared on the webinar’s panel discussion.

Garg explained via Twitter on Saturday that he made a case in this webinar for the “evolution of Demat paper currency as digital currency of future, outlawing of pretender cryptocurrencies to protect people and to allow regulated development and trading of crypto assets as commodities.”

During his keynote speech, after giving the examples of gold, silver, and diamonds, Garg said the value of crypto assets “lies in the eye of the beholder.” He added: “If someone wants to value code which is in the form of a crypto asset and wants to invest in it, it can do in that form, in that way. Crypto asset is a commodity, not a cryptocurrency.”

Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg Proposes Regulating Crypto as Commodity in India
Panelists on the webinar entitled “Cryptocurrency in India: What the future holds.” Source: Khaitan & Co.’s presentation

Garg also warned about crypto scams and Ponzi schemes, noting that it is the “duty of the government to … protect the gullible people, people who don’t know … I would suggest that the government regulates this very well.” He concluded:

Private cryptocurrencies have no justification to exist … I stand by the recommendation in that cryptocurrencies should be outlawed, should not be allowed to be operated … Crypto assets as commodities should be…

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