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Govt faces flak over note culling, tries to assuage concerns

West Bengal CM alleged the salaries people were not being able to withdraw money from their accounts

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi, Kolkata & Bhubaneshwar 

Mamata Banerjee, Mamata
Mamata Banerjee

Amid salary day blues, on Thursday alleged her state and some others were being discriminated against in supply of new currency notes and demanded that RBI furnish details of bills distributed to each state.

"Rs 500, Rs 100 and smaller currency notes not seen in Bengal and many parts of the country. They have become a rare commodity. Let RBI release all figures as to which state is getting which currency," Banerjee said in a statement in

"There is total discrimination in disbursement of between states. These figures need to be released. Totally biased, no planning," she said.

Banerjee alleged the salaries people were not being able to withdraw money from their accounts.

"The salaried class is not getting its own money from banks...If those in the organised sector are facing serious problems, you can imagine how grim the situation is in the unorganised sector. Even RBI has not given many state governments critically necessary funds despite making announcements and promises," she alleged.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, sought to assuage the concern of common people over as also GST, the two big ticket economic reforms initiated by the government, insisting these would be "game changers".

"As far as currency changes are concerned, once the process is completed and the economy gets back to full steam, the size of the GDP will significantly expand, tax base will expand.

"More money will come to the banks which will be used fruitfully for the betterment of the economy," he told the 'Make in India' conclave in Bhubaneshwar.

Jaitley said though the Centre's initiative might appear challenging, its long-term impact on the economy will be beneficial for the country.

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, who had implemented a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) to unearth during his tenure, said the Modi government had carried out in a "haphazard" manner causing "unimaginable sufferings" to the people.

"We are not against efforts to curb But in my opinion, the Prime Minister announced demonetisation without any preparation. It was done in a haphazard manner," Deve Gowda, a Lok Sabha member, told PTI.

He said 22 days have already passed since the announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a nationally-televised address but people, particularly the farmers and the labourers, continue to go through "unimaginable sufferings".

The government also came in for criticism from Uttar

Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who claimed demonetisation exercise has slowed down growth and it would take six months to a year for the situation to normalise.

"December 1 has arrived. Salaries are to come in bank accounts but how much money one will get (withdraw) is not certain. There is no word on when these queues (outside banks) will end. The decision has slowed down the entire economy and it will take over six months to a year to normalise the situation," he said.

"Economy gets a boost when one spends. Stopping one from spending will affect development. This (demonetisation) is to create complications. We have sought details as to how much money banks are getting but we have not got the information," he said in Lucknow.

In the wake of reports that government employees are struggling to withdraw salaries post demonetisation, BSP chief Mayawati that demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi participate in the debate on the issue in Parliament to discuss the "bad" situation triggered by the move.

"Even the government employees are now not getting salaries. They have been queuing up (outside banks/ATMs to withdraw money) since yesterday. The situation is really bad.

"Therefore, party demands that the Prime Minister take part in the debate inside Rajya Sabha. The views he is expressing outside House on the issue, he should express inside," Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament.

First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 19:43 IST