Indian Government Aiming Towards Crypto Tokens for Metro Cards, Airline Tickets

Indian government is reportedly thinking for the launch of crypto tokens of its own for financial transactions despite an ongoing banking ban on decentralized cryptocurrencies by RBI.

An inter-governmental committee tasked to study and propose a regulatory roadmap for the cryptocurrency sector is also examining the usability of crypto tokens in the public sector, domestic publication DNA India reports citing sources.

The committee, with applications such as metro card tokens, is reportedly eyeing the usage of the custom blockchain-based crypto as a tokenized representation of money rather a direct substitute to currency on its own, The report cites a senior official from the country’s finance ministry as stating:

The committee is examining if crypto tokens can be used in the public sector to replace smart cards such as metro cards. Similarly, in the private sector, it can be used in loyalty programs such as air miles where its use is limited to buying the next ticket and can’t be converted into money.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), first established by Ministry of Finance in early 2017, includes India’s taxation authority, India’s Department of Economic Affairs (DoEA) and a number of other ministries alongside representatives from India’s central bank and the State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank.

The committee was specifically tasked to examine the status of cryptocurrencies both domestically and internationally, study regulatory and legal frameworks adopted by other countries as well as examine measures to curb money laundering fears before ultimately proposing a regulatory framework for the sector in the nation.

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