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After government extended till December 15 the facility of using old Rs 500 notes in public utilities, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that these small changes is of no use. “Only these interim small changes will not work. They’re not solution. Vast sections of society totally left out because of your policy. Nothing for agricultural,co-operative,unorganized sector. Nothing for the states, only central sector. Extend use of 500 rupee notes,” tweeted Banerjee.
Facing severe attack in the wake of difficulties thrown up by demonetisation, government extended the facility of using old Rs 500 notes in public utilities and included more services like mobile recharge but stopped the over-the-counter exchange of defunct currencies and use of Rs 1,000 notes.
Earlier in the day, Banerjee met President Pranab Mukherjee again and apprised him about the “critical” condition prevailing in the country. “Today I met the President. I had met him earlier also. We explained to him about the critical issue going on in the country (after demonetisation),” Banerjee said after meeting the President.
“We told him (the President) about the situation of labourers in the country. In our state, paddy labourers are not getting salary. Many shopkeepers, traders, even salaried employees, are not getting money. Last month, they got salary but this month they will not get any money. We cannot access the money in our accounts,” she told reporters.
Mamata has been against demonetisation of high value currency notes ever since the announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.