BJD demands white paper on demonetisation

Bhubaneswar: BJD, which had supported demonisitisation, today sought a white paper on its impact and asked the Centre to inform the people as to how much black money was seized.

“It was told that demonetisation would help bring back black money and end naxal and terrorist activities. The people across the country would like to know the impact of the demonetisation,” BJD spokesman P K Deb said and demanded that the Centre clarify whether naxal and terrorist activities declined in the aftermath of demonetisation.

“Will the central government bring out a white paper on the subject and inform the people as to how much black money returned to state coffer?” he asked while speaking to reporters.

Accusing BJP of not doing “much” for the development of Odisha and country, he said “BJP says it will make Odisha its laboratory for welfare schemes. But the party should inform people of the state what it has done so far for the state.”

Alleging that the BJP-led NDA had failed keep the promises made by in its manifesto before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he said it had assured to create two crore jobs every year.

Going by such promises, it would have generated six crore jobs, including 30 lakh employments in Odisha. “We need a reply on this from the government,” Deb said.

Targeting Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Deb wanted to know how many young men from Odisha have got employment in the IOCL’s refinery at Paradip and about the promise on the special category status for Odisha.

He also blamed for not hiking MSP for various agricultural produce despite its promises.

The BJD spokesman asked BJP to share information and status of the coastal highway project, central assistance and conversion of state highways into national highways in Odisha and non revision of coal royalty.

“We want the union ministers scheduled to visit the state in some days should answer the questions raised by BJD,” he added.