In a first publically voiced disagreement with Goa’s former Chief Minister and now Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on ‘Cashless Goa’, the state BJP on Tuesday said to make Goa a cashless state in such a short span of time is not a practical proposition.
Addressing a press conference at the BJP office, spokesperson Damu Naik also demanded that the official circular issued by the Commercial Tax Department, asking registered traders to go cashless, be immediately withdrawn.
The decision to make Goa cashless by December 30 is causing hardships to tourists and the business community as they need to be made literate and aware about cashless transactions first, Naik said.
The “Cashless by December 30” slogan has also been positioned by Parrikar and Parsekar as the party’s key ambition at a series of poll meetings of the BJP across Goa, which is heading for polls in early 2017.
A circular last week from the state’s Commercial Tax Department asked registered traders and businessmen to go cashless within 10 days, warning that tax officials would be conducting inspections after the specified period to check compliance.
Goa BJP’s General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavade also demanded that the government immediately withdraw the circular because it has created panic among traders.
“The circular was issued as a result of over-enthusiasm by the official concerned. This has caused panic within the trader community,” Tanavade said. Instead of setting a deadline, the focus should be on creating awareness among the traders and people about the benefits of cashless transactions, he added.
The Commercial Tax Department functions under the Finance Ministry headed by Chief Minister Parsekar.