Centre Should Issue White Paper About Impact Of Demonetisation On Economy: Ashok Gehlot

His comments come on the day the Congress is observing fourth anniversary of note ban as a ‘Vikshwasghaat Diwas’
Ashok Gehlot
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot addresses a press conference in Jaipur, on May 1, 2019. (Photo: Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANS)

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday demanded that the Centre should come up with a white paper to inform people about the impact of demonetisation, GST, and the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s economy.

His comments came on the day the Congress is observing the fourth anniversary of the note ban as a “Vikshwasghaat Diwas” (betrayal day).

Describing demonetisation as a dangerous step, Gehlot said it along with the GST and the coronavirus pandemic adversely hit the country’s economy.

In spite of all arguments, the Centre should inform the country whether money from Swiss banks was brought back or black money, terrorism, and Naxalism were eliminated in the past four years after demonetisation, Gehlot said at a virtual press conference here.

“The Prime Minister should issue a white paper to inform people about the impact of demonetisation, GST, and the coronavirus pandemic. People of the country are worried where the economy is headed to,” he said.

Gehlot said due to the note ban four years ago, farmers, labourers, and small traders were destroyed while the rural economy completely collapsed.

He said the states are not getting their GST dues, which is a betrayal by the Centre and unjustified in a federal system.

It is dangerous the way demonetisation, GST, and anti-farmer bills were implemented without a discussion with stakeholders, he said.

“It is a thought process of fascists. That’s why we say repeatedly that democracy is in danger,” Gehlot said.

He said the Rs 20 lakh crore-package announced by the Centre during the coronavirus pandemic did not prove useful.

On the ongoing Gurjar agitation over reservation, Gehlot said most demands of the community have already been fulfilled.

The government has talked to Gurjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla but the way people are squatting on rail tracks is not in favour of the community.

Gehlot said the government will do justice to all demands as the Congress has worked to give 5 per cent reservation to the Most Backward Classes.

Gurjar leaders should talk to the committee set up by the state government and it is ready to hear their issues and demands, the chief minister added.

Gehlot also slammed the Centre over unemployment, saying there is resentment over it among the youth, which was visible in the just concluded Bihar Assembly elections.

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