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India Could Legalize Cryptocurrency as Government Panel Mulls Strict Regulations

HODLers in India have a reason to smile in the New Year as holding cryptocurrencies in the country could soon be legalized.

According to The New Indian Express, a government committee has already met twice on the matter and a report is likely to be submitted to the country’s Ministry of Finance next month. Per a source who spoke to the publication, the legalization cryptocurrencies will happen under strict conditions:

We have already had two meetings. There is a general consensus that cryptocurrency cannot be dismissed as completely illegal. It needs to be legalised with strong riders. Deliberations are on. We will have more clarity soon.

Besides holding meetings, the inter-disciplinary panel has also consulted crypto exchanges and experts and is now planning on deliberating on legal matters with the law ministry.

Total Ban

The inter-ministerial committee was formed last year and is the second one to focus on cryptocurrency regulation. It was constituted after the first government panel formed to address the issue of cryptocurrencies back in March 2017 recommended a total ban on digital assets in the world’s second most populous country later that year.

After the recommendation by the first panel, the Reserve Bank of India went on to declare cryptocurrencies illegal. Consequently, all financial institutions regulated by India’s central bank were forbidden from offering services to crypto businesses. The current inter-ministerial committee was constituted after the cryptocurrency ban was challenged in the Supreme Court.

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