You are here: Home » Opinion » Letters
Business Standard

Letter to BS: Note ban forced ownership of every rupee in monetery system

Now that every single rupee has an owner, he will have to explain where the money came from

Business Standard 


This refers to your first page report “Minutes: had warned against govt against demonetisation” (March 11). The report states that the (RBI) thought “most of the ill-gotten wealth is stashed in assets such as gold and real estate.”

As a Chartered Accountant in taxation, I disagree with this in all humility. First, the is not an expert in black money and I do not blame them for giving an which touched the surface only. Second, black money is not a static phenomenon. It is generated every day, finding its way into gold, real estate and business. Third, if black money has been stashed away in gold and real estate, these assets would have been acquired through cash black money. Fourth, black money comes as Black Label and Double Black Label. Black Label is generated by dodging taxes and these generally remain in business as bloated working capital. Double Black money is ill-gotten money, which is stashed away in gold, real estate, Swiss banks or foreign currencies, and finds its way to illegal assets, which sleep and don’t work.

What has done is it has forced ownership of every single rupee in the monetery system. Now that every single rupee has an owner, he will have to explain where the money came from. Prior to no one claimed ownership of the black money. That the economy and business in general had slowed down after is proof of the success of demonetisation.

Deba Pratim Ghatak Durgapur

can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:

The Editor, Business Standard

Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

New Delhi 110 002

Fax: (011) 23720201 · E-mail:

All must have a postal address and telephone number

First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 22:56 IST