Anil Bokil, founder of Arthakranti and part of the team that suggested the demonetisation move to curb black money, has slammed the implementation of the policy, reported the Mumbai Mirror. Talking to the newspaper, Bokil said the government used his advice selectively. He also told the news outlet that he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. The PMO, however, did not confirm the meeting.
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He claimed the proposal that he presented to the Prime Minister in a July meeting had a comprehensive plan on how to announce and implement the scheme. The government, he claims, picked up on only two out of the five points he had presented, as a result of which the policy now can neither be rejected nor accepted happily.
He claimed the “roadmap” his organisation gave to the government would have ensured that no chaos ensued. His proposal included the abolition of indirect or direct state and central taxes, introduction of the Bank Transaction Tax, no tax on cash withdrawals, legal limit on transactions and demonetisation of higher currency.
He said the organisation had been working on the proposal for the past 16 years, since the organisation was founded in 2000. His 16-member committee, he said, would have ensured that no one got hurt in the process of demonetisation.
Demonetisation was among the ideas Bokil presented to Narendra Modi, then prime minister designate, before the elections in 2014, in a “meeting [that] went for two hours”.