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9.0 Expected Criticism vis-à-vis next generation reforms
Why is the telecom sector the exclusive beneficiary? Why make the telecom sector into a zero-debt sector? The fact is that it is the only sector with the most efficient pan-India last mile distribution to reach 1 billion Indians. We must enable them to fulfill financial inclusion goals with 1 billion smartphones. It would build them into an antifragile monetary stack of India as well as pre-empt LIBRA-like disruptions. India needs a strong defence by raising the strength of its own telecom players to the global level. The second critique would be over the absence of direct or indirect tax on IDD? Blockchain systems scale up only in a minimum friction scenario which means that the shared ledger networks must have only embedded tax provision but zero off-chain reporting compulsions. Another criticism would be that Indians are not ready for this mass change but this proposal is not to be implemented in a few days or months. It is a transformation needed for generations to follow. Its real scale would be on the lines of first-generation economic reforms made in 1991. IDD is basically the bedrock of the second-generation reforms for Indian economy. Public blockchains are going to be the infrastructure for the 21st century. If we don’t adapt right now with the dual legal tender shift, we might miss the bus.
10.0 Future scope of research
This is a huge transition for Indian monetary system. First, it will need a public dialogue with wide category of scholars and practitioners. A wholesome IDD discourse needs to be created to make it a mainstream idea. It would require a lot of further work in terms of building deep-dive documents on the technological architecture and workflow of the plan. Which blockchain technology platform/s would be suitable? What would be the details of the validator nodes, sybil resistance methods, wallet features, whitelisting process, privacy guards, consensus protocol, block size, platform choice, TPS, scalability etc. How the micro-details of Telecom Pool distribution regarding equity and debt conversion would be finalized? How would the SEBI be brought on-board on this? What challenges would telecom players face in terms of product pricing and data plans for both prepaid and postpaid users? A proper constitutional amendment proposal would need to be designed for updating legal tender laws, adding new provisions in the articles related with Consolidated Fund of India, basic structure of the Indian constitution, transaction tax and GST-exemption clauses. A full roadmap for public adoption of IDD would be required also. Many more such tasks can be counted. However, the fundamental goal is simple. India needs to get ready for transforming into a network state ready for 21st century post-territorial world. IDD offers us an opportunity. We must grab it.
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