The Indian government is consulting with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on crypto policies. According to the finance minister, the government and the central bank are in “complete harmony” on crypto and other issues.
Indian Government and Central Bank Discussing Crypto Policies Internally
Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman revealed Monday that the government is discussing crypto policies with the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
At the conclusion of the RBI’s board meeting, the finance minister told reporters that the government and the central bank are in “complete harmony” regarding cryptocurrency and other issues. She described:
Whatever the government does, we consult and have discussions with the RBI.
“So if I were to tax 30% and then discuss Goods and Services Tax (GST) and everything else, I would be tying RBI’s hands if I hadn’t even talked to them,” she continued.
Sitharaman proposed taxing cryptocurrency income at 30% during her budget speech last week. She subsequently clarified that taxing cryptocurrency is a sovereign right.
The finance minister detailed, “So, with the RBI and the [finance] ministry, not just on crypto but on every other thing as well, I think over the last few years you would have noticed that there is complete harmony with which we are working,” elaborating:
We respect each other’s domain and know what we have to do with each other’s priorities and in the interest of the nation. There’s no turfing here.
The central bank has repeatedly voiced concerns regarding cryptocurrency. Last week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that cryptocurrency is a big threat to India’s macroeconomic and financial stability. In December last year, the central bank recommended a complete ban on crypto, saying that a partial ban will not work.
Das also urged crypto investors to keep in mind that they are investing at their own risk. He stressed, “cryptocurrency has no underlying, not even a tulip.”
The RBI governor confirmed to reporters Monday that crypto issues are being discussed internally, stating:
Whatever points we have, we discuss with the government. Beyond that I would not like to further elaborate.
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