After the Central government’s move to demonetise higher denomination currencies and promote cashless economy invited scathing attack from Opposition parties, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now taking steps to assess people’s response.
The party leadership has asked the local leaders to inform how people have responded to the government’s decisions and its seizure of unaccounted money through raids.
The local leaders in Indore were also asked whether they have opted for cashless transactions and the difficulties they were facing while doing so. In addition, the state BJP business and commerce cell has been asked to gather information on how traders, small and middle-rung businessmen have responded to Centre’s initiatives.
“Reports are being sent to Bhopal and New Delhi formally and informally. There are verbal communications as well. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is also gathering information on its own. People are in wait-and-watch mood as they try to go cashless. But the picture will be clear only by February 2017,” a BJP leader said requesting anonymity.
A week ago, the city BJP unit had organised a training workshop, in which powerpoint presentation was made on going cashless. About 25 local leaders and workers who attended it raised practical queries as many of them could not download apps or had problems with further procedures.
Acting on directives of Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who is also the member of parliament from Indore, certain non-governmental organisations organised workshops on cashless transactions to train public on using apps to transfer money. However, the powerpoint presentations made in different localities received lukewarm response.
Indore City Congress steps up agitation against demonetisation
Meanwhile, Indore City Congress Committee has stepped up agitation against demonetisation during last two weeks. Two days after Congress member of legislative assembly Jitu Patwari was arrested for staging a vehement protest against demonetisation, Congress leader Devendra Singh Yadav on Sunday said more protests are on the anvil. “Our fight against this will continue till the Centre addresses concerns of people who are unable to withdraw their own money,” he told mediapersons.