Frequent modifications post demonetisation is “harassing poor”: Congress

New Delhi [India], Nov. 25 : Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Friday alleged that the modifications brought in by the government post the demonetisation drive is causing harassment and inconvenience to the poor, adding the ruling dispensation at the Centre lacks proper plan of action.

Kharge told ANI that the poor are being harassed courtesy the frequent change in government's policy. "That's why we are saying that there are a lot of difficulties. Let us discuss and sort it out and what action the government wants to take in future," said Kharge. "They should know that already 17 days have passed and he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) has no proper plan of action.

That's why we are worried and we will fight this in the Parliament," he added. On Thursday, the Centre announced that there will be no counter exchange of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes after November 24 midnight. However, certain exemptions relating to cancellation of legal tender character of old currency notes has been extended up to December 15, including for the payment of current and arrears dues to utilities which will be limited to only water and electricity.

Payment at toll plazas can be made via old notes from December 3 to December 15 as toll free arrangement continues up to December 2.

School fees up to Rs. 2000 per student can be made through old currency in all Central, State, Municipality local body schools and Central or State Government colleges.

However, foreign citizens will be permitted to exchange foreign currency up to Rs. 5,000 per week. Entry to this effect will be made on their passports. Purchase from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to Rs. 5000 at a time..

Source: ANI