'Issue white paper about impact of note ban, GST on economy',demands Gehlot to Centretext_fields
Jaipur: 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.
Describing demonetisation as a dangerous step, Gehlot said it along with the GST and the coronavirus pandemic adversely hit 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).
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.
Farmers, labourers and small traders were destroyed while the rural economy completely collapsed due to the note ban four years ago,he said
He also pointed out that 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 any useful.
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.
(From PTI with edits)