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How will Cryptocurrency Bill 2021 impact bitcoin investors?

The Central Government has finally announced that in the ongoing Budget session in Parliament it will introduce a new bill on cryptocurrencies (The Cryptocurrency and Control of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021). Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that a ban on private cryptocurrencies in India, such as Bitcoin, has been proposed by an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) in India. It should be noted that in 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) banned banks from executing crypto-currency transactions. The Supreme Court, however, lifted the ban in a void judgment dated 4 March 2020. Cryptocurrency has been operational throughout the nation since then.

However now, the RBI has also explained that it is operating on a digital version of the rupee, and results are expected soon. A description of the bill claimed that it aimed to “establish a facilitative system for the creation of the digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India”

Experts are of the view that some known investors who are really trading in digital or virtual cryptocurrencies like bitcoin throughout the country can be impacted by the new cryptocurrency bill. It is because if the Centre goes by the Inter-Ministerial Committee’s (IMC) proposal, private cryptocurrencies will be banned in the country, which will mean the loss to the country’s existing crypto investors understandably. However, it is still not clear whether Bitcoin or Ethereum would be included in the total ban on private cryptocurrencies under the new legislation.

But since the bill’s detailed provisions are still not understood, there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether or not ones possessing Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies should sell them. Around seventy lakh Indians hold cryptocurrencies worth over $1 billion, as per the latest data.

The ultimate goal of cryptocurrency is for use by 98 %. This signifies that it is possible to build quality of use, robustness, groundbreaking payments, and related structures. Once the country sees what blockchain can do for them, it will either evolve or adapt from conventional finance and move towards the usage of its own virtual/digital currency.

It is a wait-and-watch game!

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