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Nothing unusual in Gita's views on demonetisation: Kerala CM

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Seeking to downplay Economic Advisor Gita Gopinath's praise for when the government was opposing it, Chief Minister today said there was nothing unusual in her expressing her views.

His reaction in a post came following media reports about Gopinath, a university professor, praising Prime Minister Modi, describing the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as a "bold" and "unprecedented" initiative.

Vijayan said Gopinath was not a "full-time advisor of the Chief Minister. So there is nothing unusual that she is taking a different stand from that of the government and expressing her own views".

In a recent article titled "Dos and Dont's, a commentary in Project Syndicate", Gopinath has stated that "It was an unprecedented move, whether in or almost anywhere else, and it is by far Modi's boldest policy intervention to date."

However, she had also noted that "public frustration is now mounting", because the government "has failed" to meet the demand for new printed notes.

"Commerce in -- where the cash-to-GDP ratio is 10 per cent -- relies heavily on cash transactions, and informal economy and small-business operations have now ground to a halt, owing to long lines and tight cash-withdrawal limits at banks and shortages at ATMs," Gopinath had said in the article.

The Chief Minister said "some people have taken some sentences from her article and making wrong interpretations".

She had explained about the challenges and issues being faced by the country. "It is her freedom as an economist and a Professor of University," he said.

had approached her only for advise in connection with the state and not (for) her opinion and the stand she takes with regard to global economy, he added.

high value notes, saying it has caused immense hardships to the common man and dealt a severe blow to the state's Cooperative sector.

Both the and opposition Congress-led UDF have launched agitations against

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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 14:13 IST