With Laxmikant Parsekar government setting the deadline of December 30 for Goa to go cashless, the opposition Congress today criticised the "anti-people" decision citing the lack of requisite infrastructure.
"The move is heartless, inconvenient and anti-people. Where do we have the time and infrastructure to go cashless? Are poor fisherwomen, vegetable vendors, labourers etc. sitting by street corners (are) going to accept payment by card?" questionned state unit Congress president Luizinho Faleiro while addressing the party workers during a 'padayatra' (foot march) in Calangute constituency.
The BJP-led government recently set a deadline of December 30 to make the coastal state a cashless society, after the idea was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Faleiro said, "My question to BJP is that are all the banks in Goa have adequate money to dispense cash so that you want to go cashless? Are all businesses in Goa are card-enabled so that in 30 days they can go cashless?
"The BJP government has been responsible for the death of over 80 people across the country through its unthoughtful and fascist move (of demonetising high value currencies) across the country."
The Congress leader asked the Goans to be "aware of the moves aimed at curbing their financial freedom by a government that has taken care of all its party cadres and crony capitalists while it has abandoned common people in the face of a messed up demonetisation exercise.
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