Excerpts from what could be India’s new cryptocurrency bill have been leaked. While local media have made outrageous claims about the details of the bill, industry experts have pointed out numerous flaws and inaccuracies. Meanwhile, the country’s finance secretary has confirmed that the crypto regulation is ready to be submitted to the finance minister for approval.
Indian Cryptocurrency Bill
The Indian government has been working on a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency for over a year. Last week, Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg revealed that the report containing the recommended crypto regulation is ready to be submitted to the finance minister. He heads an interministerial panel tasked with drafting the regulation. The government has not made the details of the report or any draft bill public.
Some Indian news outlets, however, claim to have some knowledge of this cryptocurrency bill. While it is unconfirmed whether the bill they cited is the same one the Garg panel will submit to the finance minister, industry experts have analyzed the excerpts and details of the bill and have shared their analyses.
Subhash Chandra Garg
Two major Indian news outlets have reported that the bill entitled “Banning of Cryptocurrency & Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019” is the one the Garg panel has proposed. The Economic Times wrote about it on April 26 and Bloombergquint on June 6. However, both publications have been vague about their sources, providing no evidence of the bill’s legitimacy.
The former wrote, “The government has kicked off interministerial consultations on a draft bill to ban cryptocurrencies and regulate official digital currencies.” It cited only “a government official who did not wish to be named” and certain minutes of the interministerial meeting it had reviewed.