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Focus on fine print to understand definition: Rajat Prakash, Managing Partner, Athena Legal, believes the proposed tax regime to be a step forward in removing uncertainty and ambiguity with respect to trading. “However, one would need to read the fine print especially the definition of virtual digital assets to understand the exact implications of the announcement,”

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“Digital Rupee can have many use case scenarios in real world such as programmable payments for subsidies and by financial institutions for faster lending and payments. We could see a shift to cashless economy in a near future but for the time being, physical cash will continue to exist as it is necessary for the unorganized sector. This can give impetus to government’s stress on cashless payments and positively change the banking scenario. As the usage of the Digital Rupee increases, it could also benefit in things like cross-border remittances, an environment could be created for interoperability whereby faster real-time remittance occurs. Overall the cost of transactions would reduce for the government and businesses," said Rajat Prakash, Managing Partner, Athena Legal