AGARTALA: Chief Minister Manik Sarkar refused to join a panel to give suggestions on cashless transaction occurred due to demonetization. The panel was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently called Sarkar and requested him to become a part in the panel to suggest on cashless transactions.
Speaking to the media at state’s Civil Secretariat, Manik Sarkar said, “Mr. Jaitley requested me to suggest measures on digitization of cashless transactions in the proposed panel comprising of Chief Ministers of different political parties. But I rejected the proposal.”
He earlier, had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow people to use notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 till smaller notes become available in the market. In the letter, Sarkar highlighted problems facing by the common people after the decision of demonetization of high currencies announced.
BJP didn’t appreciate the decision of Sarkar and said he could represent the entire northeast in the panel and give better suggestions on the issue.
“This was a good scope for the Chief Minister to represent the northeastern region on the issue. He could even give suggestive measures on the issue. But, his decision of not becoming part of the panel surprises us and we didn’t appreciate it,” BJP president- Biplab Kumar Deb said.
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