CM wants govt to allow use of old notes till Dec 30
Thiruvananthapuram: In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he demonetised the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said those denominations should be made legal tender till December 30 to lessen the hardship common people are facing.
“A discreet move was established earlier by the government to help blackmoney lobbyists transfer their illegal money. Those with black money have no issues but the common people are the worst hit,” Pinarayi said.
The CM said the government must have put a proper system in place before undertaking such a drive. Some had resorted to extreme steps after being unable to get money from banks. People are having a harrowing time not able to pay money in hospitals. The govt is unable to give an assurance on when the new currencies would come into circulation. Hence the government must give an opportunity to use the old notes till December 30.
"Modi was out of the country and he flew out soon after announcing this irrational decision. I am now going to Delhi and will make all attempts to meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to talk about all the difficulties people are facing," added Pinarayi.
"Modi was out of the country and he flew out soon after announcing this irrational decision. I am now going to Delhi and will make all attempts to meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to talk about all the difficulties people are facing," added Vijayan.
"This irrational decision without making any safeguards has left thousands of people in our state in dire state. Even after five days, there is no end to the problems, instead it's increasing day by day," Vijayan said.
Taking into account the sufferings of the people who are hard pressed for money, Vijayan added, "Except VAT and excise duties, all other payments due to the government can be made without fine till the end of this month".