Warning of a negative impact on GDP for next one year, Congress on Thursday said Modi government’s demonetisation move was more political than economic.
“I confidently say this not an economic ‘brahmastra’ but a political one,” party spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said, stressing the prospects of a recovery in rural, agriculture and unorganised economy in the country are remote in the next year.
He said the move to demonetise currency notes of high denominations will help infuse a lot of cash in the banking sector, making banks rich, but expressed apprehension that its consequence could be banks using this money to write off bad loans like those taken by Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi and other NPAs.
He, however, admitted that this move could also result in lowering of interest rates, but added that such a possibility looked remote.
“My considered view is that in the next six to 12 months the impact on GDP will not be positive,” he told reporters.
He added, “We do not want the cash infusion into the banks to write off Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and all the other NPAs that have been accumulated. If that happens, and I suspect that is going to happen, it is a mockery of the November 8 statement.”
Ramesh said though government considers the move as a “brahmastra”, it is more to do with politics than the economy.
“It’s meaning cannot be economic but only political.
“Prospects of recovery in the rural, agriculture and unorganised economy in the next 12 months get very remote. I feel there is not going to be any growth in rural, agriculture and unorganised sector economy,” he said.
Ramesh, however, admitted that one of the consequences of demonetisation is bringing the interest rates down but does not see this happen.
“If interest rates will fall, then the economy will benefit. That benefit I do not see in the next 12 months. The next 12 months are going to be tight for the economy.
There is not going to be a sudden growth, spike because of this,” he said.
The Congress leader said for the last eight days, the entire nation has been put through hardships because of Demonetisation.
Attacking the Prime Minister and Finance Minister over the move, he said while government talks of the Rs 1.25 lakh crore black money unearthed during the first 2.5 years of Modi government, it does not talk of the Rs 1.33 lakh crore unearthing of black money during the last two years of UPA government.