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The bitcoin sector in India is developing a “legitimacy plan”

India’s beginning cryptographic money industry will update and normalize revelation and consistency systems in a bid to set up itself as a genuine business according to heritage monetary players.

It has been stated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that the April 2020 circular should not be enforced, which was held down by the Supreme Court in 2020- to punish the customers for trading in cryptocurrency. 

As per ET, a board of advisory has been set up in which India’s leading cryptocurrency exchange including WazirX, CoinDCX, and CoinSwitch Kuber, has joined hands with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) to execute a code of conduct for the industry. The board will be established as a self-regulatory organization for the industry under the Blockchain and Crypto Assets Council (BACC), which is part of IAMAI.

The code, which has been in the work since last year, will apply to all bitcoin exchanges that are members of the organization. Standardized yearly audits, routine disclosures of corporate information and funding, recurrent know your customer (KYC) checks, enhanced data storage standards, and a review of client risk profiles are all part of the plan, according to the sources.

“India’s cryptocurrency industry is young and burgeoning. There must be an adequate balance between regulations and supervision to allow companies to grow,” Navin Surya, chairman emeritus of the Payments Council of India and a member of BACC’’s advisory board, said. “The central bank’s directive to banks on its 2018 circular…offers much-needed clarity. The industry welcomes steps to improve due diligence and regulations.”

The plans are now in the “conversation phase,” according to sources, and the goal is to unify India’s disparate and unregulated crypto and blockchain ecosystem under one unified authority.

“As we speak, the board is still getting set up and the roles/responsibilities have yet to be distributed. Till now…exchanges and the association have only agreed for a code of conduct and the full-blown self-regulatory code is being drafted,” Sathvik Vishwanath, co-founder, and chief executive of crypto exchange Unocoin and a member of BACC, said. 

BACC is home to 12 to 15 exchanges as well as a number of smaller blockchain and crypto companies.

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