Centre drives close to putting together its cryptocurrency consultation paper; will submit soon
The Government of India will soon finalize a consultation paper on cryptocurrencies with inputs from various stakeholders and institutions, including the World Bank and the IMF, Economic Affairs Secretary Ajay Seth said on Monday. He also underlined the need for a global response to deal with issues concerning cryptocurrencies as these operate in the virtual world. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on many occasions has expressed its reservation about such virtual currencies citing a threat to macroeconomic stability.
Speaking on the sidelines of the curtain raiser event of ‘Iconic Week’ as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to be celebrated by the Finance Ministry, Seth said the consultation paper is fairly ready. “We have consulted not just the domestic institutional stakeholders but also organizations like the World Bank and the IMF. So, we hope that we will soon be in a position to finalize our consultation paper,” he said.
Economic Affairs Secretary Ajay Seth also said that India has also started work on some sort of global regulations. “Countries which have prohibited, they can’t succuss unless there is a global consensus around that. There has to be a broad framework of participation. Digital assets, whatever way we want to deal with those assets, there has to be a broad framework on which all economies have to be together. No country can choose either of the position. We need a global consensus on crypto regulation,” he said.
“We can overcome the current challenges as well as the challenges that will come to us in the coming years in the Amrit Kal. There are strong global headwinds that have impacted the global economy,… Even despite all those, India is poised to grow the fastest among all large countries in the world. That was the position six months back and that will be our assessment even today,” he said. Seth also assured that inflation should be moderating with the help of both fiscal and monetary measures.
When asked what more measures are being envisaged to cool down prices, he said, it is evolving situation and difficult to say what future steps are likely. Whatever the current challenges are they are being responded to in a timely manner, he added.
[with PTI inputs]
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