Indian billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala mentioned the nation’s regulators ought to ban cryptocurrencies resembling bitcoin.

The investor, generally known as India’s Warren Buffett, mentioned he “won’t ever purchase bitcoin.”

“I believe it is hypothesis of the very best order. I do not need to be part of each get together on the town. I believe the hangover is far worse,” he instructed CNBC’s “Road Indicators Asia” on Tuesday.

Bitcoin has had a spectacular run in 2021, and surged greater than 90% to this point this yr, in response to information from Coin Metrics.

These sturdy features have been attributed partly to elevated adoption of bitcoin by main buyers and firms, together with Elon Musk’s Tesla and the Financial institution of New York Mellon.

India’s regulators have but to decide on bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies, however there’s widespread hypothesis that the federal government is planning to ban all non-public digital currencies and launch its personal official digital foreign money.

I believe regulators ought to step in and ban bitcoin. And they need to concentrate on the digital rupee.

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Companion, Uncommon Enterprises

Jhunjhunwala mentioned India’s regulators have a task to play in holding bitcoin out.

“I believe regulators ought to step in and ban bitcoin,” mentioned the investor who’s presently a companion at asset administration agency Uncommon Enterprises. “And they need to concentrate on the digital rupee.”

Bullish on India

On the outlook for the nation, he was optimistic and mentioned he believes India will make a robust restoration based mostly on the reforms and coverage initiatives taken by the federal government within the latest finances.

“I believe we now have a resurgent India. The Indian finances conveyed that the federal government goes to do what must be performed when it comes to insurance policies and reforms. All this stuff are going to come back collectively,” he added.

In the course of the latest finances launch, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced plans to step up capital funding and implement monetary sector reforms to help India’s battered economic system following the pandemic-induced slowdown.

She additionally mentioned India might want to borrow 800 billion rupees ($10.96 billion) in subsequent two months from the bond market.

The billionaire predicted India will see sturdy progress within the subsequent yr because the nation rebounds from the pandemic.

“I believe India is on the final part of Covid-19,” he mentioned, including that the nation is more likely to develop between 10% to 11% subsequent yr.