ANPCC organizes massive Dharna against Demonetization

Port Blair, Nov 29: Andaman Nicobar Pradesh Congress Committee as a part of ongoing agitation launched by the All India Congress Committee, New Delhi to expose the Modi’s government of its politically motivated demonetization declaration has organized protest Dharna at Tiranga Park, Port Blair on 28/11/2016 to observe “Jan Aakrosh Diwas” along with the rest of India. Leaders and members of Pradesh Congress Committee, District Congress Committee, Mahila Congress, Congress Seva Dal, Youth Congress, City Congress Committee and general public basically from unorganized sector, farmers, vegetable vendors, Fishermen, small traders, daily wage earners etc. constituting the lower strata of economy gathered in large number in support of the protest against demonetization of currency and raised slogans against the BJP Government.
The gathering was addressed by Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC followed by Smti Shanta Singh, President, Mahila Congress, Shri Aboobacker, General Secretary, INTUC, Shri P.K. Haldar, Vice President, PCC, Shri Tamil Selvam, Congress Leader , Shri G. Bhaskar, General Secretary, PCC, Miss. Mariam Bibi, Secretary, PCC, Shri Sanjay Choudhury, Ex- District President, Shri G. Sunder Rao, General Secretary, DCC, Shri Sanna Rao, Congress leader, Shri Aziz, Secretary, Block Congress Committee, Shri M.Z. Siddqui, General Secretary, PCC, Shri Masih Lugun., Secretary, PCC¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬
Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma while describing demonetization as yet again a politically motivated publicity stunt launched by Mr. Modi and his NDA government said that the ruling at center sensing it’s failure in meeting to the electoral promises made during the election campaign of 2014 in all fronts such as employment generation, checking price rise and inflation, industrial growth, cross border terrorism, much hyped “Make in India” programme and particularly failure in bringing back black money of Indian industrialists, businessman and high profile personalities stashed in the foreign bank within 100 days of governance, has yet again tried to divert the attention of country from the real social need and its remedy to bring relief to suffering countrymen. Shri. Sharma said that the Congress party is not against demonetization of currency but is against the way of its implementation. Due to lack of detailed logistic planning and preparation for execution demonetization, the common man and poor is facing immense difficulties. Shri Manmohan Singh during his tenure as Prime Minister had also initiated various steps to arrest corruption and black money without affecting the common man. Few ministers were also sacked from his ministry on charges of corruption and are facing prosecution. Twenty days have passed since declaration of demonetization of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes but India is still stumbling from the consequences. Because of the pressure created by the Congress party and its leader Shri Rahul Gandhi the Modi Government forced to relax the scheme in respect of farmers, wedding and use of old currency at Govt. establishments, he said.
Shri. Sharma in context of the A&N Islands elaborated the sufferings being faced by the Fishermen, tourism sector, small traders and common man in these islands because of demonetization. In Andaman & Nicobar islands Fisheries and tourism are the worst affected sectors. Fisherman and those who are engaged in tourism related ventures are facing complicatedness due to shortage of money in cash. The difficulty has been multiplied because of inadequacy of bank branches and ATMs in remote areas / villages. No separate relaxation has so far been announced to these sectors by the GOI as has been done in the case of farmers. Due to poor Internet connectivity in Andaman & Nicobar islands the possibility of cash less transaction is bleak and the national and international tourists are the worst sufferers due the demonetization of currency. Shri. Sharma cautioned the administration that the shortage of currency of lower denomination is badly affecting both the small traders and the buyers and urged the local administration to pragmatically assess the requirement of lower denomination notes and make it available throughout the Islands, so that Islanders are able to meet their minimal daily expenses required for living. Shri. Sharma urged the administration to take up the matter with the competent authority for permitting usage of old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes for purchase of ship’s tickets as the control of the same is with the government i.e. A&N Administration.
It is further illogical removing Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes and bringing in Rs.2000 notes, as hoarding of black money is done in higher denomination currency. Demonetization has affected each aspect of life with farmers desperate to buy seeds for the winter crop, patients for medical” treatment, labourers looking for employment, roadside eateries, vegetable vendors, barbers and cell phone shops whose clients are suddenly without money. The transportation industry which forms the back bone of Indian logistic business which brings milk, vegetables, fruits and more such items daily need to the market and shops has been badly hit. Congress Party has always worked for eradication of black money from the Indian society and has always been its priority but not at the cost of the sufferings of the common man, the middle class, farmers and the wages earners,” Mr Sharma added.
The Jan Aakrosh Dharna concluded with proposing vote of thanks by Shri Zubaida Begum, Ex-Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council.
Similar type of dharna/rally were also organized by the Congress party at Little Andaman, Campbell Bay , Baratang, Billyground and Rangat

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