Saturday, January 30, 2021

"India proposes law to ban cryptocurrencies, create official digital currency"

From Reuters via The Hindu, January 30:

The Centre plans to introduce a law to ban private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and put in place a framework for an official digital currency to be issued by the central bank, according to a legislative agenda listed by the government.

The law will "create a facilitative framework for creation of the official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India [RBI]," said the agenda, published on the Lower House website on January 29.

The legislation, listed for debate in the current parliamentary session, seeks "to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses," the agenda said.

In mid-2019, a government panel recommended banning all private cryptocurrencies, with a jail term of up to 10 years and heavy fines for anyone dealing in digital currencies....


Is 'facilitative framework' a felicitous phrasing? 

Inquiring minds and all that.