NEW DELHI: The BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday claimed that the decision of demonetization would help the government to substantially enhance its tax collections to give a quantum jump to spending on development and welfare of the poor. Shah claimed that the Central corpus for the developments works had remained frozen in the range of Rs 4-5 lakh crore, which did not make tangible impacts on the lives of the poor.
In his inaugural address to the two days of the national executive meeting of the BJP, Shah, while hailing demonetization, said that the government took the “historic” decision after preparations of two and a half years, which included Jan Dhan scheme, expansion of Aadhar coverage, actions on the recommendations of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Supreme Court on black money, passage of the law against Benami properties by the Parliament.
“In last 10 years, an average of only Rs 4.70 lakh crore a year had been available with the government for development works since all taxable income were not taxed. With the government promoting
less cash and each transaction being digital, taxes will grow, which help the government mop up additional funds to spend for the betterment of the poor. The BJP does not believe in only temporary populism but is always concerned for long term views,” Union Minister Prakash Javdekar quoted Shah having told the National Executive meeting.
The BJP chief also hailed “historic” decision of the Army to launch surgical strike against the terror launch pads in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Javdekar quoted Shah having told the meeting that the world finally noted India’s might and response to terror. Shah also warned without taking the name of any country that India would launch more surgical strikes if terrorism was sought to be exported to India.
The BJP chief also claimed that the party would sweep all the five poll bound states.