The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reversal of the outright crypto-currency ban in March was a gift to the flourishing Indian crypto-industry. The country’s emergence of new exchange platforms has been the incentive to the industry ‘s steady and healthy growth.
While India is one of the most affected nations by the coronavirus pandemic, this significant growth is noticeable. Indeed, the epidemic has led to a downward economic disaster across the nation. In such crisis-ridden times, blockchain and digital currencies have proved the desperately needed remedy for both investors and fintech ground-breakers alike.
Crypto regulatory wariness
Nevertheless, lifting the blanket ban seems was not the ultimate solution to the regulatory uncertainty that most had hoped to be. There have been alleged incidents where Indian banks have denied financial services to crypto-related firms. The good thing is that the industry has a more explicit regulatory structure than there was in 2017; the extent of cynicism and turmoil was sky-high.
Notably, a rumour emerged within the Indian Ministry of Finance for interdepartmental consultation on a law proposing all crypto operations to be abashed. The draft law proposal involved a heavy financial penalty for guilty individuals and a prolonged prison sentence. Recently, the rumour was refuted.
According to a business consultancy firm, AKM Global, if the proposal for a blanket ban passes into law in its current fashion, it would “completely decimate the crypto-industry in India.” Rumor has aroused the already fading fears in the crypto-currency industry in India. Regardless of the recent rumors, Nischal Shetty, CEO of WazirX, still maintains confidence with the government.
An email sent to Cointelegraph’s crypto media outlet quoted:
“On the day the news about the ‘note’ broke out, it created some panic among the community. But that’s all. We are not seeing any difference in the trading behaviour on WazirX since then. There have been speculations about crypto ban in the past as well. With more than 5 million crypto users in India, I’m confident that our Prime Minister won’t let us down.”
Indian Banks reluctance to embrace crypto industry
In addition to RBI, certain private commercial banks in India have refused to process cryptocurrency transactions. However, a large percentage of speculations suggest the reason why the cryptocurrency sector lacks knowledge; as noted within various government bodies.
Siddharth Sogani, the founder of Crebaco research firm, believes that there may be further conflicting interests at play. According to him, “Banks will always be globally opposed to this industry because if crypto comes into action; P2P transactions will eliminate the need for third-party bankers.”
An RTI was filed by @bvharish Co-founder of Unocoin.
Question: Does RBI prohibited any banks from providing the bank accounts to crypto exchanges or crypto traders ?
Answer from RBI: As on date no such prohibition exist.
Great, now you can show this RTI to your bank. 🚀🚀 pic.twitter.com/n5iqGCSQtd
— Crypto Kanoon (@cryptokanoon) May 24, 2020
Regardless, in response to a request for information from the co-founder of the crypto exchange Unocoin, Harish BV, the RBI did not, in fact, indicate any limitations on banks offering crypto-related companies and individual traders to account. This was the major RBI statement that presumably banks were waiting for, but the actual quantifiable effects remain.