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February 16, 2017, 01:02:21 AM
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Merely weeks after cautioning residents that bitcoin companies weren’t authorized or licensed to operate in the country, India’s central bank is reportedly not including bitcoin under the purview of regulations for digital payments. In essence, the cryptocurrency will not be legitimized as a legal form of payment or settlement in an economy which is the world’s largest receiver of remittances, anytime soon.

Digital payments and financial technology (Fintech) solutions have caught on rampantly amongst the Indian society in recent times, particularly after a sweeping, unprecedented cash crunch brought on by the government’s demonetization drive.

In light of these new innovations, the Payments and Settlement Systems Act of 2007 [PDF], the code by which payment systems are regulated, was amended to include digital payment gateways and platforms. The amended regulations will look to deem physical cash and digital cash as equals, with developments toward interoperability and a unified payments platform as India embraces the digitization of cash.

As it transpires, bitcoin will not be included as a valid payment system under the new act, according to a report in Indian publication The Telegraph.

Bitcoin Continues to Get Shunned

The prospect of digital currencies’ being acknowledged by authorities were dealt an early blow when India’s central (federal) government decided against creating a separate regulator for the digital payments industry. The authority to regulate was promptly awarded to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank. Setting up a separate regulator would have led to one too many financial regulators, according to officials.  “Globally, the trend is towards unified regulators and the RBI is a strong institution, hence the government chose to go with it,” the officials stated according to the report.

The RBI will set up a ‘Payments Regulatory Board’, headed by its governor, to oversee and handle digital payment gateways which now fall under the amended regulations.
Earlier this month, the central bank issued a public notice, urging caution among bitcoin adopters and users in the country while stating that no exchanges or businesses dealing with the cryptocurrency were licensed by the authority. A week after the public notice, India’s small but growing bitcoin industry came together to form the “Virtual Currency Association”. The industry group, which consists of India’s biggest digital currency companies and exchanges, has since set out to lobby the government to license and recognize bitcoin trading.

However, the report suggests that “attempts by bitcoin players to come under the ambit of the new body are unlikely to succeed as the government and the RBI are not in favour of legitimizing bitcoins as legal tender”.

The stance is certain to prove frustrating among bitcoin exchange operators and companies in the industry, particularly when the new regulations allow licensed e-wallet platforms like widely-adopted PayTM to gain access to RBI-controlled remittance infrastructure. Fundamentally, Fintech platforms like PayTM and other e-wallets will gain payment and settlement interoperability with every bank account in a country of over a billion people.

India Isn’t Catching On

The continuing hardline stance taken by authorities contrasts to approaches taken by other Asian countries.

In December, Philippine authorities revealed that they were considering regulating bitcoin exchange operators after a marked increase in bitcoin remittance in the country. Come January, the regulations were approved before their public release last week. Fundamentally, bitcoin is now recognized as a valid payment method in the Philippines.

In Japan, industry insiders expect to see up to 20,000 bitcoin-accepting merchants in 2017, quintupling the total from 2016, due to the upcoming regulations toward the digital currency industry, expected in June. Tokyo-based bitFlyer, Japan’s largest bitcoin exchange now sees investors in all three of the country’s ‘mega-banks’. Japan recognized bitcoin and virtual currencies as equivalents to fiat cash in early 2016 before proceeding to pass a bill toward the regulation of bitcoin exchanges.

By turning a blind eye toward the bitcoin industry when not shunning it completely, India is missing a trick when it comes to the next generation of simpler, more efficient and faster digital payments.

link:https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/indian-central-bank-against-bitcoin-tender/

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February 16, 2017, 01:13:31 AM
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If all central banks around the word success to influence government that bitcoin is not save and make bitcoin one of an illegal payment, so prepare your self with the down of bitcoin prices.
One the biggest reason why bitcoin cannot be accept in many countries is because the government can't or hard to take some taxes to their peoples. How can they take tax if the bank (online/offline wallet) is unseen?

This is our common task to solve this. We have to find solutions to make them understand, why they should accept cryptocurrencies.

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February 16, 2017, 01:25:16 AM
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By turning a blind eye toward the bitcoin industry when not shunning it completely, India is missing a trick when it comes to the next generation of simpler, more efficient and faster digital payments.
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February 16, 2017, 01:39:04 AM
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Who cares? nowadays you talk about God and religion people will shun you, people are acting against their creator, bitcoin is nothing compare to that.
Please no remittance or traffic because we already have issues regarding block size, so lets keep the club less populated until we are ready for mainstream.
These kind of things are like blocking people's access to water well, water is still there only people need to find another way to reach it. read between the lines.

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February 16, 2017, 02:13:50 AM
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If India continue to stay stubborn and refuse to participate, then the world should NOT wait for India.

Indians are so primitive that they don't love each others despite having similar skin color and religion.
If India does not deserve prosperity, then give no prosperity to India.

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February 16, 2017, 11:18:39 AM
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Oh well, I don't think India's Central bank can stop Indians using bitcoin
as commodity. Indian's will find a way how to change their
bitcoin to fiat or use bitcoin as means of online transaction
in buying or selling in the products. This will only cause Indian's
to go underground and acquire bitcoin in whatever means.
Indian's Central Bank should follow the Philippines, regulating
bitcoins of the local exchanges there.

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February 16, 2017, 11:40:01 AM
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Well fortunately the actions of the Indian Government don't represent everyone, so hopefully enough Indians find their way to this easier means of currency exchange anyway.  Fortunately Bitcoin is pretty hard for governments to regulate.
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February 16, 2017, 05:11:14 PM
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Probably a sad day for our Indian counterparts. "Setting up a separate regulator would have led to one too many financial regulators, according to officials.". I don't understand why the Central Bank of India needs to set up a different regulator for bitcoin? Why not just put it under the umbrella of the Central Bank?






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