Cryptocurrency Ban in India – Let’s Dig into Available Options

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From July 6th, 2018, onwards banks are not allowed to do any Indian rupees transactions meant for crypto-exchange. RBI has given clear instructions to the banks enforcing the cryptocurrency ban in India. The instruction says, “Stop providing services to any kind of firms or individuals who deal with cryptocurrency(Bitcoin, Ripple, Steller)”.

Block all transactions used for Crypto Exchange

From July 6th, 2018 onwards banks won’t clear any kind of transaction meant for crypto exchange. Selling or buying cryptocurrency or making p2p payments using an online platform. Exchanges that allow users to buy and sell virtual currencies through bank accounts will have to stop doing that.

Cryptocurrency Ban in India – A Big loss to the Crypto Firms

Yes, it is a big loss for the crypto exchange companies, who provide online trading on cryptocurrencies.

  • So many users have already withdrawn the money before the RBI deadlines.
  • People stopped trading on cryptocurrency since no-one wants to block their money.
  • Because of the uncertainty, people are losing interest in playing with cryptocurrency.

Moreover, companies are sending emails, making announcements on websites, and uploading multiple notifications. They are asking users to withdraw money from the portal before 6th July 2018.

Many of the users have already withdrawn the money, but a few people still have some hope.

Both Unocoin and Zebpay reported a significant drop in the number of new customers joining the crypto-exchanges, given the uncertainty.

Supreme Court Hearing on July 20th, 2018 Regarding Cryptocurrency Ban in India

As per the crypto companies, business will be temporarily shut down till the Supreme Court hearing on 20th July 2018. “We are waiting for the court’s decision on July 20,”

Indian blockchain committee head, Mr Ajeet Khurana hopes the Finance Ministry will provide clarity on this.

“The limited regulator (RBI) can do a limited action only. It is the Ministry of Finance that has to take the final view on cryptocurrencies,” he said. “Our expectation isn’t from anyone else, except the Finance Ministry.”

Peer-To-Peer Trade – Lifesaver for Crypto Companies

Anyone who has studied, worked, or done business overseas has probably come across how to best change and send money abroad. Banks and brokers usually charge several percents of the total amount exchanged as well as a transfer fee. Now, a new wave of Internet-based, peer-to-peer foreign exchange service companies is cutting banks (and their fees) out of exchange. Through an online P2P platform, individuals can find and safely exchange currency with individuals in other countries at lower costs. Most online P2P companies claim to provide up to 90 percent costs saving on international exchange and transfer fee.

I think companies like Koinex and WazirX are banking on p2p payments trade without using banking channels.

Koinex too announced the launch of Loop peer-to-peer network from July. It offers a blockchain-based escrow to store bitcoins till the seller confirms payments.

There is nothing illegal to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions. The RBI has only asked banks to withdraw support from all the cryptocurrency exchanges, said Abhishek Rastogi, the partner at law firm Khaitan & Co. “Outside the exchange, transactions can happen. It is legal.”

But Unocoin and Zebpay, the two largest exchanges in India, are not optimistic about the peer-to-peer model though. “We are not in favor of the P2P model as it is fraught with risks,” said Khurana. “There is the issue of volatility and also there is also counterparty risk. People will buy bitcoins and will only pay when the prices go up.”

Suggestions from so many people in India “something is better than nothing”

If you bought in lakhs and now it has turned to chillers, there’s no use of withdrawing your money. It’s better to think of some other approach after cryptocurrency ban in India.

  • Transfer your cryptocurrencies to some reliable international firm.
  • Let’s wait for some time and hope something good turns up in the Indian market.


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