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June 23, 2017, 06:42:18 PM

The Indian government recently announced that it is in favor of regulating bitcoin. A task force is being set up to provide recommendations. spoke with the CEO and co-founder of bitcoin exchange Unocoin, Sathvik Vishwanath, to find out the effect this decision has on Bitcoin adoption in India.

India in Favor of Regulating Bitcoin

In order to decide whether to regulate bitcoin, the Indian government set up a committee in April to evaluate the situation and provide recommendations. The finance ministry also asked for public comments, most of which are in favor of legalizing and regulating bitcoin.

Indian Bitcoin Adoption Responds to Government Signalling for RegulationOn Tuesday, CNBC aired a news segment announcing that the most of the committee members are in favor of regulating bitcoin. interviewed Sandeep Goenka, co-founder of the bitcoin exchange Zebpay, prior to this announcement. He clarified that a task force is being set up and it would take about 6 months for them to come up with recommendations.

Unocoin CEO Sathvik Vishwanath has since agreed, confirming that it would take a while for the recommendations to be finalized. Prior to asking for public opinions, the government met with him and other Bitcoin businesses in a “closed door meeting” to discuss bitcoin regulation. While the committee is supposed to deliver a report next month, Vishwanath told that “things with Indian government move quite slowly and Bitcoin may not be on their priority list,” adding that:

        "It would be amazing to see if they come up with the report in 1 month but this will still be a recommendation and not the government decision."

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