The Indian government is studying how other countries have regulated the asset class before drafting laws for the industry, the secretary for economic affairs Ajay Seth told local media

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Fast facts

  • “Our consultation paper is fairly ready. We have gone into a deep dive into this,” Seth told reporters on the sidelines of an event on May 30.
  • India’s finance ministry is reportedly consulting with the IMF, the World Bank, the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities and Exchange Board of India on a regulatory framework for digital assets. 
  • India taxed cryptocurrency transactions at a flat 30% from April but that doesn’t make crypto legal, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserted. 
  • The Reserve Bank of India has repeatedly called for an outright ban on cryptocurrencies, calling the asset class a threat to the country’s financial stability.
  • The introduction of the flat tax in April has hit the Indian crypto industry with trade volumes dipping the most in years followed by the withdrawal of support from a ubiquitous payments platform. A further 1% tax-deducted-at-source will be effective July 1 on transactions exceeding INR 10,000 (US$129). 

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