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"Demonetisation will move India towards digital economy"

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The move by the Indian government would reduce the role of blackmoney and will lead the country towards a economy but moving to a cashless system will take some time, a leading Indian-American entrepreneur has said.

"This is a massive step (towards fighting blackmoney and economy). The foundation of which was laid by Aadhar, Jan Dhan Yojana and direct benefit transfer," Venkatesh Shukla, a venture capitalist and president of TiE Silicon Valley.

"Those are the foundation that has already been laid. And universal payment interface is another brilliant that the government of is working on," Shukla told PTI.

"I think, the move to cashless economy can't come soon to It is unfortunate that people are going through so much of a pain. But there is absolute no doubt that this is the right direction to go.

"The sooner the economy moves to a economy there will be less wastage, more productivity, more evolution and less of a black economy," Shukla said.

"It (moving towards a cash less economy) would take a while, but infrastructure is in place," he said in response to a question, adding Indian-American entrepreneurs are highly impressed by this move of the government.

"I have not run into a single person who criticises this. We are overwhelmingly in favour of this," he said.

"What is not to like about this," he questioned when asked about criticism to the plan of the Indian Government.

"I am not the one who is suffering and I am not on the street (for changing / depositing money). But if you look at it from a strategic perspective... People who are outside had complaint over the past 70 years that people just did not had the political will to do those things in India.

"Here comes a politician who first recognises what is the right thing to do and has the courage of conviction to pull it off," he said.

"His (Prime Minister Narendra Modi's) focus on startups as engine of job growth, unfortunately for India is 70 years late. But at least he started the process. I wish the first prime minster of India had focused on entrepreneurs not with suspicion and distrust, but with confidence and trust," Shukla said.

The head of the Silicon Valley chapter of TiE said that "this incremental trend putting disincentive to the cash economy is the right thing to do."

Putting disincentives to use of cash in large transactions, political parties not accepting cash donations and rationalising this stamp duty non-sense for property transactions, rationalising tax structure to encourage people to be complaint would be helpful in fighting black economy.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 27 2016. 14:07 IST