The crypto market price charts were drenched in red on Wednesday, November 24 following reports that the Indian government might ban cryptocurrency. With a drop of 25.51 percent, Bitcoin’s value currently stands reduced to $46,601 (roughly Rs. 34 lakh) on Indian exchange CoinSwitch Kuber. On an international level, the world’s oldest crypto has managed to maintain values above $50,000 (roughly Rs. 37.2 lakh), where usually the India prices are higher than global ones. On CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin is presently trading at a dipped value of $56,377 (roughly Rs. 42 lakh). This is the first time in recent times that Bitcoin prices have moved so further away from its all-time high, which as of November 9, was $68,327.99 (roughly Rs. 50.5 lakh).
Given the stressed market mood, Ether also registered a drop of 20.83 percent in its trading value. Each token of Ether is presently priced at $3,622 (Rs. 2.6 lakh) as per Gadgets 360’s crypto-price tracker.
The crypto market was left shaken by reports that the Parliament agenda includes a bill seeking to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies from operating in the country. The agenda also noted that the government wishes to bring an official digital currency for India. However, it should be noted that this exact same bill was also listed for the budget session, but did not get discussed at the time.
“To create a facilitative framework for creation of the official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India. The Bill also seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses,” the agenda reads.
In the upcoming winter session of the Indian parliament that commences on November 29, “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021” will be introduced for consideration and passing.
Multiple studies by research firms like Statista, Hootsuite, and TripleA — India is home to over a 100 million crypto holders.
The news of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government looking to restrict the crypto space has also triggered ripples among Indian enthusiasts.
Among other hashtags, #WazirX, #CoinDCX, #BlackBill, and #CryptoBan are trending on Twitter in India.
In September, China had also imposed a blanket ban on all crypto-related activities.
#BlackBill trending in India, to oppose Govt decision to table “Banking Laws Amendment Bill” in Winter session for privatization of 2 Public Banks.
Govt Must let all know why they want to Sell profit making Banks? Debate on it, Bring White paper to justify your decision. pic.twitter.com/Hqezy5fPVN
— Newton Bank Kumar (@idesibanda) November 24, 2021
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