India will now join a handful of nations to launch its own blockchain currency
“This has huge implications for finance overall and underscores India’s pre-eminence in digitized finance. Not even the United States has launched its CBC yet. Immediately, the CBC means leveraging the benefits of blockchain, lower OPEX, and faster settlements. We need to await full details to understand all implications,” said Adhil Shetty, CEO, BankBazaar.com.
” The upcoming digital rupee cryptocurrency will surely reduce huge capital expenditure for govt of printing currencies However, will the government restrict the circulation supply? If not then that can threaten the stability of the country’s financial system. Blockchain is a reliable data source, but if the blockchain is hacked, hackers can steal a huge amount of rupee coins that can easily damage the country’s economy which isn’t the case with physical currency, said Abhinav Soomaney, Forensic and Crypto Expert.
RBI is working out a phased implementation strategy for the introduction of Central Bank Digital Currency with little or no disruption, said Pankaj Chaudhary, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, in a written reply.
Reuters with additional input by GVS