India Has No Plans to Recognize Bitcoin as Currency; RBI Working on CBDC Rollout: Reports

The Indian parliament kicked off its winter session on Monday. Key crypto legislation will be discussed.

Nov 29, 2021 at 9:27 a.m. UTC
Updated Nov 29, 2021 at 5:35 p.m. UTC

The Indian government does not plan to recognize bitcoin as a currency, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.

  • During a question and answer session in the parliament, Sitharaman also said the government does not collect data on bitcoin transactions, according to a report from local news site Mint.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is also working on the phased implementation of a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the ministry of finance said, according to a report from the Economic Times (ET) on Monday. The central bank was reportedly planning to pilot test a CBDC in 2022.
  • The RBI has already proposed an amendment a 1934 act to include digital currencies in the definition of bank notes, according to ET.
  • The Indian parliament will discuss a highly anticipated bill for cryptocurrencies proposed by the government during its winter session, which started on Monday.
  • The bill will ban all private cryptocurrencies, only allowing some to promote the underlying technology, but will also look to set up a framework for a RBI-backed digital currency, according to a Nov. 23 parliament bulletin.


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