The Reserve Bank of India issued a statement on Friday comparing cryptocurrencies to ponzi scheme and warned people to stay away from virtual currencies such as bitcoin. RBI added that cryptocurrencies are not backed by regulations hence there is a real and heightened risk of investment
There has been a phenomenal increase in recent times in the price of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, in India and globally. Cryptocurrencies don’t have any intrinsic value and are not backed by any kind of assets. The price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies therefore is entirely a matter of mere speculation resulting in spurt and volatility in their prices.
Finance Minister of India
The Minister also said that transactions of cryptocurrencies are encrypted and they are also likely being used to carry out illegal activities, such as, terror funding, smuggling, drug trafficking and other money-laundering Acts.
RBI has clarified that it has not given any licence to any company to operate such schemes or deal with bitcoin or any cryptocurrency. The government also noted it that cryptocurrency is not legal tender and it does not have any regulatory permission or protection in India.