Now IDFC First Bank halts banking services to crypto industry

NEW DELHI: Private sector IDFC First Bank Ltd is the newest lender to halt services to the cryptocurrency industry, which has been witnessing some normalcy in accessing banking services after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) final month clarified that the 2018 round directing lenders to cease dealing in digital currencies was now not legitimate.

According to industry sources, IDFC First Bank over the previous week temporality stopped services, as it’s doing enhanced due diligence concerning banking assist to crypto exchanges.

Email despatched to IDFC First Bank requesting remark remained unanswered until the time of publishing.

“IDFC Bank joins just a few of the opposite nationalized banks which have taken the stance to not service cryptocurrency-based corporations. While RBI has clarified its stance that the banks can present services after their due diligence, it’s abruptly insane for these banks to take their foot again. These sorts of reactions additionally alarm the traders of cryptocurrencies for the flawed motive,” mentioned Sathvik Vishwanath, co-founder and chief govt officer, Unocoin.

As per industry estimates there are over 15 million crypto traders in India, holding 10,000 crore value in digital belongings.

Lenders together with, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and Paytm Payments Bank, have already severed ties with the crypto sector.

HDFC Bank and the State Bank of India had additionally cautioned their clients in opposition to dealing in digital currencies similar to Bitcoin. This had prompted the RBI to launch a clarification concerning its 2018 round.

RBI had earlier informally informed lenders to avoid companies dealing in cryptocurrencies, although there was no official communication on this regard.

According to industry sources, whereas there are nonetheless just a few banks which have their reservations in providing services to the crypto sector, it’s much less aggressive now when it comes to taking destructive motion in contrast to just a few weeks in the past.

“The root reason behind the issue is the unregulated tag of the crypto industry in India. Since the industry is unregulated, it creates confusion among the many services suppliers as there aren’t any set tips. We want to handle the bigger coverage points to unlock the true potential of digital asset financial system in India,” mentioned Shivam Thakral, CEO, BuyUcoin.

Meanwhile, so as to higher adjust to India’s legal guidelines, industry physique, Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), has arrange a board to oversee the implementation of a self-regulatory code of conduct for its members that lays down that each one crypto trade members will voluntarily adjust to anti-money laundering (AML) or combating of financing of terrorism (CFT) and know your buyer and different firm and taxation legal guidelines.

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