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Paytm Funds Financial institution Ltd not permits customers to buy or promote cryptocurrency property by way of its platform. This was additional confirmed in a tweet by WazirX, a Bitcoin and cryptocurrency alternate, which introduced on Thursday that it “won’t settle for INR deposits to Paytm Checking account from 11.59 pm IST tonight, 20 Might 2021.”

This comes after a number of different banks like Sure Band and ICICI Financial institution, additionally ended affiliation with cryptocurrency exchanges (akin to WazirX and BuyUCoin) earlier this week.

Paytm Funds Financial institution has not formally introduced the tip of assist for cryptocurrency alternate on its platform but. It has additionally not clarified the rationale for its stance. We reached out to Paytm and haven’t but acquired a response on the identical.

In April 2018, the Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) directed all regulated entities together with banks to not present providers to companies dealing in digital currencies like bitcoins, in order to guard client curiosity and test cash laundering. The ban led to plummeting commerce volumes and exchanges shutting their companies.

Nevertheless, in March 2020, the Supreme Court docket quashed the RBI ban and allowed banks to deal with cryptocurrency transactions from exchanges and merchants.

We reached out to WazirX co-founder Siddharth Menon who explains: “Some banks are nonetheless holding on to the outdated round or don’t have any thought of how crypto works. This resistance is simply from their compliance staff. Now we have been reaching out to banks and educating them; we’re making progress and hope issues shall be extra optimistic within the coming weeks.”

“It is unlucky that India being within the forefront of fintech is limiting crypto business. WazirX goes to allow few extra choices to deposit beginning as we speak,” Menon added.

The Indian authorities is already engaged on the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Forex Invoice, 2021, which is believed convey a ban on all non-public digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) and promote regulatory framework to launch its personal official Central Financial institution Digital Forex (CBDC) backed by the RBI. Stories recommend that the CBDC shall be named Laxmi Coin.

The Invoice was to be tabled in Parliament’s Finances Session, however was deferred as the federal government continues to speak to stakeholders within the area.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in March this yr mentioned we won’t “shut off all home windows” for cryptocurrency. “We’ll enable a certain quantity of home windows for individuals to experiment on blockchain and bitcoin,” she mentioned.

(Additionally learn: WazirX buying and selling platform offers with outages as cryptocurrencies dip; opens floodgates for memes on Twitter)


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Updated: May 21, 2021 — 7:20 am

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