The Indian government has finally moved forward with a cryptocurrency bill. Entitled “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021,” the bill has been listed for consideration in the current parliamentary session of Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s parliament. It seeks to create a framework for India’s official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) but prohibit all cryptocurrencies.
Indian Government Set to Introduce Cryptocurrency Bill in Current Parliamentary Session
After almost two years of waiting, the Indian government has finally moved forward with a cryptocurrency bill. According to Lok Sabha’s bulletin dated Jan. 29, the bill entitled “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021” is listed for consideration in the current parliamentary session. The budget session of Parliament commenced on Friday and will conclude on April 8, with a recess between Feb. 15 and March 8. The union budget will be presented on Feb. 1.
The bulletin lists the bills the Indian government has sent to be taken up during the budget session. Among them is the cryptocurrency bill, whose description reads:
To create a facilitative framework for [the] creation of the official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India. 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 Mint publication explained: “In the legislative order of business for the budget session of 17th Lok Sabha that commenced today, the government has listed a bill providing for the banning of all private cryptocurrencies in India such as bitcoin, ether, ripple,…