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India to have a ‘window’ for Bitcoin, says minister amid crypto ban FUD

The Ministry of Finance of India continues to form a careful position on private cryptocurrencies.
The Minister of Finance of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, has given a ray of hope for the Indian cryptocurrency community, as more fear, uncertainty and doubt circulate regarding a supposedly impending ban on digital assets. In a March 13 interview with India Today, Sitharaman emphasized that the ministry does not plan to shut off India innovations associated with Bitcoin (BTC) and its underlying blockchain technology.“From our side, we are very clear that we are not shutting all options off. We will allow certain windows for people use, so that experiments on the blockchain, bitcoins or cryptocurrency. […] and fintech, which depend on such experiments, will have that window available for them. We are not going to shut it off,” she said.Sitharaman said that the ministry is finalizing a Cabinet note on crypto as India continues formulating its official stance on the asset class. “It is nearing completion, and then it will be taken to the Cabinet. The Supreme Court had commented on cryptocurrency. We are very clear that the Reserve Bank of India will take a call on an official cryptocurrency,” she said.After India’s supreme court lifted a crypto banking ban one year ago, reports of a new ban started circulating in early 2021. In February, another anonymous Indian official claimed that the government was about to introduce a complete ban on crypto, giving investors up to six months to liquidate their holdings.On Sunday, Reuters …
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