PM Modi should apologise for 50 deaths after demonetisation: Congress
The Congress on Friday demanded an unconditional apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the death of over 50 persons after he announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, and said that the series of guidelines issued in its wake showed that “confusion confounds the government completely”.
In addition to an unconditional apology, the party also demanded that the government must pay adequate compensation to the families who have lost their near and dear ones. Printing currency notes worth Rs 15 lakh crore, to replace those that have been withdrawn, would take at least three to eight months, the party said.
The Congress went on to say that the move was not planned and was only meant as an image-building exercise of the Prime Minister.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjawala said: “We have a Prime Minister who takes a decision first, thinks later and never admits to his mistakes.”
“The problem with this government is that whoever questions them are branded anti-nationals. We demand that Modi apologise to the families of the deceased. An inquiry should be held into these deaths,” he added.
The opposition party also slammed the government for bringing in new guidelines almost everyday following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
“In the past nine days, they have come up with 18 guidelines. There was no planning at all before taking the decision,” said Surjewala.
Surjewala said due to demonetisation, 1,658 crore notes of Rs 500 and 668 crore notes of Rs 1,000 i.e. a total of 2,327 crore notes valued at about Rs 15 lakh crore, have been withdrawn.
“The 1,000 rupee notes are printed by Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited. It has a capacity to print 133 crore notes per month in two shifts. Even if three shifts were to work, this company can print 200 crore notes per month,” said Surjewala.
“If this company was to print new Rs 2,000 notes as against the old Rs 1,000 notes, the entire operation will take three-and-a-half months. Rs 500 notes are printed by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited, which has a capacity to print 100 crore notes per month,” he added.