Tribals need not worry about demonetisation: BJP

BJP national spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal (C) addresses a press conference in the city on Saturday. (ST)

SHILLONG: The BJP on Saturday played the tribal card by saying the demonetisation move should not be a cause for concern for the indigenous population as it is exempted from paying income tax.
However, tribals will be subjected to investigation in case an unaccounted source of money is reported as the NDA government is determined to check black money, said BJP national spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal here on Saturday.
Agarwal said demonetisation would not only tame corruption and black money but will put a leash on inflation and ensure tax compliance. “With demonetisation, there will be low-cost deposit in banks and it will help in lowering interest rates. It will also help in larger tax compliance by people,” said Agarwal.
Reacting to a query that a large population of the country is still not acquainted with cashless system that may lead to manipulations, he said the Centre would not force cashless system and that necessary awareness is being created in this regard.
“But those who delink themselves from cash transactions would be encouraged,” he added.
Slamming the previous UPA government for creating havoc in the country by indulging in large scams worth crores, he also alleged that there is large-scale corruption in the State’s mining system under the Congress government.