In recent years, there has been a surge in interest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. While some countries have embraced these digital currencies, others have been more cautious. India, for example, has been grappling with how to regulate cryptocurrencies within its borders. However, a recent statement from a senior official at India’s central bank suggests that the country may be taking a new approach.
According to T. Rabi Sankar, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s forthcoming central bank digital currency (CBDC) will serve as an alternative to cryptocurrencies. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Sankar said that the CBDC will provide “the same kind of functions as cryptocurrencies,” but will be “in a way, in our currency.”
This marks a significant departure from the RBI’s previous stance on cryptocurrencies. In 2018, the bank banned banks from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges, effectively cutting off the country’s crypto industry from the mainstream financial system. However, the bank has since softened its stance, and has reportedly been exploring the possibility of creating its own CBDC.
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Sankar’s comments suggest that the RBI sees CBDCs as a way to offer many of the benefits of cryptocurrencies while retaining control over the currency. CBDCs are digital versions of a country’s fiat currency, and are issued and backed by the central bank. Unlike cryptocurrencies, CBDCs are centralized and fully regulated by the government.
CBDCs offer several potential advantages over traditional fiat currency and cryptocurrencies. For one, they can be used to facilitate faster and cheaper transactions, as they eliminate the need for intermediaries like banks. They can also be used to improve financial inclusion, as they can be easily accessed by anyone with a smartphone or internet connection.
Sankar noted that the RBI’s CBDC will be designed to work seamlessly with existing payment systems and infrastructure, which will make it easier to adopt and use. He also emphasized that the CBDC will be designed with privacy and security in mind, to ensure that it is safe and secure for users.
Overall, Sankar’s comments suggest that India is taking a new approach to cryptocurrencies and digital currencies. While the country has been cautious about cryptocurrencies in the past, it seems that the RBI sees the potential benefits of CBDCs and is exploring how they can be used to modernize the country’s financial system. Only time will tell how successful this approach will be, but it is certainly an interesting development to watch.
You may be interested to read more about Indian’s stand on Crypto :
- India Requests IMF and FSB to Develop ‘Synthesis Paper’ on Crypto Assets during G20 meeting
- Reserve Bank of India(RBI) Governor Mr.Das says Crypto must be banned and compares it to gambling
- Crypto Exchanges in India Face Resistance from Banks
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