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Demonetization effect, 81.50 lakh people unemployed in Bengal: Mamata

mamata Banerjee

Jan 6: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday informed that the State has suffered a revenue loss of Rs 5500 crore and almost 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed due to demonetization.

“In the last two months since demonetization was announced we (State government) have suffered a revenue loss of Rs.5500 crore. While more than 1.7 crore people have been adversely affected due to note bandi (demonetization) 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed in Bengal,” said Banerjee.

People lost their jobs majorly in tea, jute, bidi and jewellery sector, Mamata informed. The figures came up in a survey conducted by State government.

The Chief Minister further argued that since the agricultural sector has been hit hard due to the ongoing cash crunch farmers are unable to grow rabi crops (winter crops).

“This will result in price rise. When people do not have cash they (Centre) are trying to introduce a cashless economy,” said Banerjee.

She urged all the political parties to rise above “narrow differences” and form a national government for the greater interest of the country.

“I urge all the political parties to form a national government under a common minimum programme till the next general elections. I also appeal to the President to save the country from this crisis,” said Banerjee.

The Chief Minister also said that she has “no objection” even if the national government is led a by any senior leader of the BJP apart from Modi.

“It seems that there is no government. Democratic rights are being bulldozed (by the Centre). In the name of governance a reign of terror is going on in the country,” said Banerjee.

Wefornews Bureau

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