Saturday, 13 January 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
A delegation of the Pradesh Congress Committee met the Governor and submitted a memorandum regarding the problems being faced by people due to demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax.
Led by the PCC president Pritam Singh, the delegation met Governor Krishan Kant Paul at the Raj Bhawan on Friday. The delegation also requested that the family of Prakash Pandey- who had recently committed suicide- should be provided full financial assistance and his widow should be appointed to a Government job as assured by the administration.
In the memorandum submitted to the Governor, the Congress alleged that the demonetisation and GST implemented by the Union Government have been fuelling uncertainty in the nation. “The Bharatiya Janata Party Governments at the Centre and State have become insensitive towards public concerns. First, the farmers already struggling under the burden of loans resorted to committing suicide and now the business fraternity also appears to have taken this path.
The death of Prakash Pandey on January 9 is an example of this situation. Lakhs of people across the nation have been ruined due to enforcement of demonetisation and GST.
Prakash Pandey is but a representative of the lakhs of people affected negatively by GST and demonetisation with their businesses ruined,” the memorandum states.
The PCC president said that after creation of Uttarakhand State, there has been a considerable increase in the number of businessmen from the lower-middle class. Singh said, “During the one year since the implementation of GST and demonetisation along with the formation of BJP Government in Uttarakhand, the businesses of people from the lower-middle class have been badly affected.
Most of such businessmen built their businesses after taking loans from nationalised, cooperative and private sector institutions on the condition of paying monthly installments. However, due to GST, demonetisation and the wrong policies of the State Government, their businesses are not succeeding, leaving them unable to repay the bank loans. As a result, the troubles faced by Pandey- which made him take the extreme step of committing suicide- are also being faced by a large number of businessmen in the State.
The insensitivity of the Central and State Governments is further exposed when the Congress is accused of politics for raising the issue of Pandey’s suicide.
The State Government doesn’t appear concerned about preventing a repeat of extreme measures like suicide by members of the business fraternity facing the same challenges as Pandey did,” opined the PCC president.
The delegation also demanded that a survey be conducted and a concrete policy be drafted to address the issues faced by businessmen from the lower-middle class affected negatively by GST and demonetisation.
Steps should also be taken to prevent a repeat of an incident like Pandey’s suicide, the delegation demanded.
Leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, Indira Hridayesh, former cabinet minister Dinesh Aggarwal, Congress Mahanagar chief Prithviraj Chauhan, PCC spokesperson Garima Dasauni and other party members were also part of the delegation.
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