Arun Jaitley hits back at Congress, says scams peaked during UPA rule
Jaitley said government has initiated steps for making future transactions substantially in digital format and tax defaulters will be soon caught by IT department.
Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley criticised Congress party’s allegations on demonetisation on Tuesday saying that corruption and scams peaked during UPA rule.
Jaitley also alleged that Congress had taken no steps against corruption and black money in the country. So it is now understandable that Congress is uncomfortable with the strong step by the Narendra Modi government to root out the menace of black money forever, Jaitley added, as reported by Hindustan Times.
Jaitley further added that government has initiated steps for making future transactions substantially in digital format and tax defaulters will be soon caught by IT department.
Jaitley claimed demonetisation has clear advantages for the country, though people have to face some transient problems.
"We are now rapidly completing the demonetisation scheme and significant amounts will be injected in next three weeks, " ANI quoted Jaitley as saying. He added that NDA government is ready to debate this issue in Parliament and appealed to the opposition not to stall the Parliament.
Jaitley asked the opposition to join the campaign against black money. "Please rise above slogans and join this campaign," he urged opposition members.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also asked opposition to "Give suggestions in Parliament, not outside."
Earlier on Tuesday, Congress pitched up a strong attack on Centre, with former Finance Minister P Chidambaram terming the note ban as the "worst attack on the poor".
Chidambaram alleged that "even a natural calamity would not cause such pain." Chidamabaram further added most people, including him are finding it difficult to get that cash from banks and ATMs and people are leading miserable lives nowadays.
"How are these people getting Rs. 2,000? This is the biggest scam of the year. This is the one that should be investigated," Mr Chidambaram reiterated referring to former prime minister Manmohan Singh's comment that note ban is a "monumental disaster" for the Indian economy.