Ajit Pawar, former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, on the third day of Maharashtra Assembly, chaired by Speaker Haribhau Bagde, raised concerns about the problems being faced by rural Indians and farmers. He was of the view that the common man has been whole-heartedly supporting demonetisation but they are still at the suffering end. Pawar during his speech requested CM Devendra Fadnavis to not to come back from 7, Lok Kalyan Marg (PM’s residence) unless PM Modi addresses the common man’s concerns arising out of demonetisation. Here’s Ajit Pawar’s first person account of his speech at Maharashtra Assembly…
When PM Modi announced demonetisation on November 8, 2016, Indians unanimously supported him. I too have been actively involved in politics but I don’t know what magic spell has PM Modi cast on Indians. I know India would become corruption free and Pakistan would stop its illegal activities because of demonetisation. When you ask a poor man or a farmer about the demonetisation drive, they say that they are ready to face difficulties if it’s really helpful for the nation. Now, if Maharashtra is allotted Rs 1000 crores, the rural banks are allotted a mere Rs 100 crores whereas urban banks are allotted 900 crores. This is what pinches me!
Even when there is an electricity crunch in Maharashtra, cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, etc, have a continuous supply of electricity as compared to rural areas. This is only because these cities are more populated so their residents should be kept ‘happy.’ So, the rural people face the brunt; they tolerate load shedding for hours.
Banks, whose CRR ratio (Cash Reserve Ratio) should be 4%, now have a CRR ratio of 10.34%. Moreover RBI keeps issuing new guidelines everyday. Despite banks not being cash strapped, they aren’t accepting cash from rural people. I have learnt from sources that RBI governor Urjit Patel himself doesn’t support demonetisation. Our farmers and poor people from rural areas are going through terrible times. Most of them don’t even have bank accounts. Farmers are paid in cash on a regular basis; so people who are working as labourers and workers are not being paid their money. Poor people aren’t getting their payments because there’s no money in the banks!
The common man has been extremely patient so far. Once, this patience is lost, no matter how much the government tries to control the situation, it’s going to be disastrous. I request CM Devendra Fadnavis to skip the on-going assembly if needed and meet PM Modi and Amit Shah. We have seen how much weightage he holds in front of both PM Modi and Amit Shah, both! He (Devendra Fadnavis) very conveniently sidelined the people he wanted to and kept the people he wanted to be close to! Chandrababu Naidu and Jayalalithaa proved their efficiency by making sure they solve their state’s issues. Likewise, we too should do the same. CM should not move from 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi unless and until PM Modi addresses our concerns. Please give us justice!