India: IDRBT Suggests Roadmap & Blueprint for Blockchain & Crypto

Jan 24, 2019 at 13:32 // News
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Coin Idol
Taking demand into account, India plans to design a suitable roadmap for distributed ledger technology (DLT) soon or later, according to the report by Financial Express.

India holds a big global economy that is now facing a rapid growth of use cases for blockchain and cryptocurrency markets. Taking demand into account, India plans to design a suitable roadmap for distributed ledger technology (DLT) soon or later, according to the report by Financial Express.

Considering the expansion of the rising technology in the country, the Institute for Development & Research in Banking Tech (IDRBT) has brought a proposal for a blueprint of a DLT Platform for the financial banking industry. IDRBT was created in 1996 by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to supervise research & experiments in the entire financial banking industry.   

India has been lacking regulations for blockchain technology sector since IDRBT’s inception. Supposedly, IDRBT is working with the government of India, financial institutions and other industry actors to design an interoperable DLT platform.   

Increased Adoption of New Tech   

The blueprint proposal by the IDRBT alludes to an immense idea of the adoption of the nascent technology in different commercial enterprises and organizations while having common codes of conduct to manage interoperability among various entities. The protocol is expected to allow banks to interact through decentralized platforms including blockchain.   

The IDRBT stresses the need to create a codified set of rules for polished operations and coaction. The IDRBT has advised embracing a collaborative method among all the stakeholders in the system. The document by IDRBT states:   

“Regulatory supervision can also be built within the governance structure. These steps are expected to help drive increased adoption of new technology among industry participants and continuous valuation and change management will help in bringing in required stability and sustainability of the new framework.”   

Unfriendly with Crypto   

Furthermore, the authorities in India are also interested and concerned since there is a growing risk over financial safety because of cross-border (international) information security scares.   

Concerning the matter, the ex-RBI Deputy Governor, R Gandhi, revealed that the financial sector is vulnerable to cybersecurity risks because of the rising use of hastily germinating, advanced, and complex technologies.   

He added that there is growing use of mobile technologies by clients, not forgetting the quick boom of the Internet of Things and the improved international information security menaces.   

Last year, the government of India expressed reluctance when it came to the adoption of cryptoassets such as bitcoin, Ethereum, ripple and others.   

As a matter of fact, in April 2018, the RBI put a blanket ban on all financial institutions including banks from carrying out any business related to digital currencies. Sometime back RBI was also forcing clients to abandon dealing with crypto, as Coinidol reported.

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