Tue, Jul 25, 2017 | updated 06:48 AM IST

Bihar IT Minister lashes out at Union Minister in public over demonetisation

Updated: Jan 09, 2017 04:45 IST      
Bihar IT Minister lashes out at Union Minister in public over demonetisation

Patna (Bihar) [India], Jan. 9 (ANI): In what can be described as a major embarrassment to the Centre, Congress state president and Bihar's IT Minister Ashok Choudhary ripped apart Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh over the flaming issue of demonetisation, when the latter was in Patna to attend the 'Digi Dhan Mela'.

At a public gathering, shortly after the Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister concluded his speech listing out government's achievements in countering black money and promoting digital literacy in the state, Choudhary condemned the Centre stating that since November 8th, people have only being facing hardships.

Continuing to attack the Union Minister, Choudhary said that the BJP-led government has brought upon an uncertain future for the nation with its 'digital economy' initiative, while the common man continued to struggle.

"Pardon me, but wasn't a commitment made that the pain of the tsunami of demonetisation would be relieved? All of us accepted the initial announcement because of the first impression created that it was the so called surgical strike on corruption and black money. But 93 percent of the currency was outlawed by a stroke of a pen," Choudhary said.

He also criticised the Centre for repeatedly changing the cash withdrawal limits, creating panic in the minds of people.

"His Excellency (President Pranab Mukherjee) was told that this was a necessary inconvenience for the greater good. It was a poor plan, as the plans were changed every day. There was no control over bank managers and in the coming deadline we witnessed a new slogan of going digital being promoted. The forced electronic transaction of cash raised several corners concerns," Choudhary added.

Emphasising that the Union Government is hell bent on promoting e-payments, he further stated that the development came at a particularly troublesome time when banks have been charging service tax on digital transactions.

"Since the electronic transaction of cash has almost become mandatory, people feel that there should not be any charges on credit and debit cards. It is unfortunate that unlike cash transaction, common people have to pay fee on each electronic transaction," he said.

Choudhary then quoted a World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) report stating that the ATM penetration in India is abysmal in comparison with other Asian countries.

"The government is making the electronic transactions almost mandatory for the common people, and then it has to arrange a perfect digital connection in all cities, town and villages. It is important to note that India has only 75 ATMs per one lakh adults. If we compare it with China it has 254, South Korea has 278, North America has 221, Japan has 127 and in Thailand it has 140, according to a World Bank and IMF data," he said.

He also urged the Centre to formulate a bill in making the Right to Digital Access a constitutional right.

Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (United) had announced that it would hold a meeting to review its stand on demonetisation after January 24.

This comes at a time when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, differing from his 'mahagathbandhan' allies, has repeatedly praised and showed support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his demonetisation move. (ANI)

SC to hear Sahara-SEBI refund dispute today

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 05:08 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a case involving Sahara chief Subrata Roy and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) over a dispute of returning money to its investors.

Full Story >>

SC to hear Cauvery water dispute case today

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 04:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the Cauvery water dispute involving the tussle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Full Story >>

Defence experts demand 'no mercy' for arrested Separatists

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 04:10 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): While expressing contentment over the Government of India's commitment to proceed against the Separatists, defence experts on Monday blatantly said that 'no mercy' should be shown to the Hurriyat.

Full Story >>

Arrested Separatists to be produced before Delhi court today

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 03:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The seven arrested Separatists leaders will be produced before the Patiala House Court on Monday.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], July 25 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said its 'Save Bengal' programme has been started to bring to light the present condition of West Bengal and also stating that an event relating to the same will be held in the Constitution Club on July 26.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): Lauding the National Investigation Agency`s (NIA) crackdown on Separatists that led to arrest of their seven leaders on money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Full Story >>

Congress dubs its MPs' suspension 'undemocratic'

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 03:05 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 25 (ANI): Dubbing the suspension of its six MPs as 'undemocratic', the Congress Party on Tuesday said the parliamentary democracy is under threat due to the present ruling dispensation.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 25 (ANI): The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday said the Centre was reluctant in giving exemption from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as they want to deprive the backward class of availing benefits.

Full Story >>

UP Police recruitment exam cancelled after paper leak

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 01:15 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 25 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Government has called off the police recruitment exam due to paper leak.

Full Story >>

Army hunts for escaped terrorists in J-K

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 23:35 IST     

Ajas (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Jul 24 (ANI): A Cordon and Search Operation was launched by the Indian Army on Monday late night after unknown number of terrorists exchanged fire with the forces in Ajas area of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] July 24 (ANI): The politics intensified over the arrest of seven Kashmiri separatists by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the charges of on money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Monday's move by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to arrest seven Hurriyat leaders on money laundering charges aimed at fomenting terror across the Kashmir Valley is just the tip of the iceberg, said experts.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India]/Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 24 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team deputed to bring the seven Hurriyat leaders arrested on money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley, arrived at the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a short while ago.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): National Democratic Alliance (NDA) vice-presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday hit back at the Congress Party's allegations about his property and said the allegations are 'entirely false and politically motivated'.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday called for upgradation of higher educational institutions to world-class levels and said education is the alchemy that could take India to its next golden age.

Full Story >>

Lok Nayak Bhavan fire doused

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:05 IST     

New Delhi [India] July 24 (ANI): The firefighters on late Monday evening doused fire at Lok Nayak Bhawan here.

Full Story >>

A device that charges mobiles via two-wheelers

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:05 IST     

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 24 (ANI): An engineering student has invented a charger which can be used to charge electronic devices through two-wheelers.

Full Story >>

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 24 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Monday praised the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for arresting seven Hurriyat leaders on money laundering charges for fuelling terror-rela

Full Story >>

President condemned violence, bats for tolerance

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 21:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday condemned all forms of violence and batted for pluralism and tolerance.

Full Story >>

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh's mother passes away

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 21:31 IST     

Patiala (Punjab) [India], July 24 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's mother Rajmata Mohinder Kaur of Patiala passed away on Monday in Patiala at the age of 94.

Full Story >>