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印度拒绝承认比特币合法性

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印度拒绝承认比特币合法性

日前,印度财政部长Arjun Ram Meghwal在一份上交给印度议会上院Raja Sabha的书面提案中表示,比特币的流通将导致洗钱、金融诈骗等一系列违法行为,不利于维护金融市场的稳定,印度储备银行(RBI)也将不会对任何形式的比特币进行合法化授权。

Arjun Ram Meghwal认为,在当前匿名的网络环境下,比特币等虚拟货币的出现为洗钱等违法行为的滋生提供了肥沃的土壤,也极有可能成为国际恐怖主义开展非法活动的资金来源。

缺乏完善的监管体系是比特币始终在印度得不到"合法身份"的主要原因。Arjun Ram Meghwal表示,目前印度政府还没有出台有关的监管法律来明确比特币市场的监管主体,以及针对业内公司注册、上市等流程的监管框架。

去年11月,印度政府颁布的废钞令使得当时国内86%的货币瞬间消失。由于新面值的货币印刷还未完成,废钞令造成了大规模的货币瘫痪,印度人民陷入"无钱可用"的窘境。

然而,废钞令在为印度带来巨大灾难的同时却促进了比特币在国内的发展。据印度媒体报道,自废钞令颁布以来比特币在印度的用户基数上涨250%。

一直以来,印度媒体都把比特币描述成用于洗钱的犯罪工具,这使得在印度大部分民众都认为,比特币等加密货币将对国家经济安全造成巨大危害。

An Indian minister, while replying to a question in writing in the upper house of the Indian Parliament - The Rajya Sabha - has said that the use of Bitcoin in India is not authorized by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and could potentially land users on the wrong side of the anti-money laundering provisions present in the Indian law.

Minister declares Bitcoin to be illegal

The Minister of State for Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal, has filed a written reply to a question in the Parliament according to India’s The Hindu newspaper:

“The absence of counter parties in usage of virtual currencies, including Bitcoins, for illicit and illegal activities in anonymous/pseudonymous systems could subject the users to unintentional breaches of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism laws.”

Absence of sanction from monetary authorities

One of the reasons that the Indian government is terming Bitcoin illegal is that it has no approved sanction from any central bank or monetary authority.

The minister, in his reply to the Parliament, further said, as reported by The Hindu: “No regulatory approval, registration or authorisation is stated to have been obtained by the entities concerned for carrying on such activities.”

Is the government rattled by its botched up demonetization?

It should be kept in mind that the Indian government carried out a botched up demonetization that wiped out 86 percent of the Indian currency in circulation in November 2016. The aftermath of the demonetization was disastrous and people were left standing outside of cash machines for weeks.

In the wake of this demonetization process, the interest in Bitcoin in India rose considerably. According to India Today, the user base of Bitcoin in India has expanded 250 percent since November 2016.

The Indian media has been casting aspersions on the use of Bitcoin for laundering so-called black money and there are people in India who believe that cryptocurrencies pose some sort of threat to the country.

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