Singh also called the Modi government's ambitious bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai an exercise of vanity while stating that it would neither benefit the 65 million Gujaratis nor the rest of the country.
Tearing into the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the "attitude" of suspecting everyone to be a thief or anti-national just because they don't agree with you is "damaging to democratic discourse". While opposition parties have chose to observe Wednesday as a "black day", the BJP has dubbed it "anti-black money day".
He said demonetisation had "ethical and moral" rationale behind it and therefore it was also "politically correct".
Jaitley said one of the important objectives of demonetisation was "to make India a less cash economy and thereby reduce the flow of black money in the system".
Jaitley said this while addressing a press conference on the eve of one-year of demonetisation. "I remember feeling shocked when I heard the Prime Minister's (Narendra Modi's) announcement and I wondered who advised him to inflict such a reckless step on our nation, and whether any considered thought went into it".
Dr Singh said that "demonetisation was clearly not the way to end the menace of tax evasion and black money".
"Demonetisation, poor implementation of GST (goods and services tax) and the rise of tax terrorism under the guise of controlling corruption have seriously damaged the investment climate for small businesses", Singh added. The BJP, on the other hand, will counter the move by celebrating the first anniversary of the financial decision as "anti-black money". "It had been suggested many times in the past as well, but as a responsible government we never took such a drastic measure", he said.
He also alleged that the fact that nearly 99% of the demonetized currency came back into the banking systems has punctured the government's claims.
PM Modi has accused former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of not going for demonetization when needed, and said he would not have had to carry out the big task if she had taken the step years ago.
"If the impact of demonetisation was that huge on informal sector, there would have been social unrest", Jaitley said, adding any adverse impact of the two back-to-back reforms " GST and demonetisation" were "almost behind us".
Comparing the escalating rise in India's imports from China, Singh said the country's import in first half of 2016-17 was worth Rs 1.96 lakh crore, whereas in 2017-18 it increased to Rs 2.41 lakh crore. Every one percent loss of GDP annually costs our nation 1.5 lakh crore rupees. Instead of providing relief to the poor and the marginalized, farmers traders and the small and medium business, who suffered the repercussions of demonetization, the government is still claiming it to the right moves and that the Indian economy was on the right track and it furthermore to increase the suffering thrust the badly-designed GST. "Demonetisation and GST have sown a deep-rooted fear of tax terrorism among businessmen".
Demonetisation has proved to be a mere bluster to reap political dividends, while the real offenders have escaped, the former Prime Minister states. This was done by the government without paying any heed to our advice, both in Parliament and in private consultations.Compliance requirements have become a nightmare for small businesses.
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