A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs and MLAs to submit their bank statements of transaction from November 8 onward to party president Amit Shah, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said he is yet to receive any such communication, but assured to abide by all instructions from the Centre. “Every year, we have been filing return with Income-Tax department and also Lokayukta. I have heard through media…I have not received any communication that party president has said BJP ministers and MLAs should file it,” Parsekar told PTI today.
“It is a very good beginning. I will tell everyone to file. Whatever is the instruction, we will obey it. I have not received any communication (so far),” he said.
Responding to a question on Goa’s aim to turn into a cashless society by December 30, Parsekar said, “About 70 per cent of people, once they know the issue and they understand the process, will accept it without any hestitation.”
“Others too want to learn it. I did not find a single genuine person who has said he won’t be able to do a cashless transaction. The opposition to the cashless society is political, people have understood the motive. People have welcomed it (move towards cashless society),” he said.
To educate people about cashless transactions, Parsekar said bank officials are going to various markets and introducing the concept of banking using mobile.
“In the government departments too, Public Works Department, Water Resources Department and Power have already begun educating stakeholders on cashless transaction.
“Initially there may be difficulty, but Goa has decided to switch over and become the first state (to go cashless),” the chief minister said.
Strongly backing the demonetisation decision, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had recently said Goa is on its way to become India’s first cashless society.
“Goans are using cards (ATM/credit) in a big way. Goa will soon be the first state with cashless society fulfilling a dream of the Prime Minister,” Parrikar had said.
Prime Minister Modi had yesterday asked BJP MPs, Ministers and MLAs to submit their bank account statements between November 8, the day he announced the demonetisation, and December 31 to party chief Amit Shah amid allegation that he had tipped off people close to him about the impending exercise beforehand.
The details have to be submitted on January 1, 2017.