Goa CM does U-Turn: Not ‘Cashless’ but ‘Less Cash’
Fearing growing resistance from people of Goa and from his party leaders against the December 30 deadline to make Goa a cashless state, Chief Minster Laxmikant Parsekar said today no time frame could be imposed to implement the ‘less cash’ initiative.
“I have asked the state commercial tax department to clarify on the issue (of cashless transactions). It cannot be made compulsory so they (the department) would clarify about it. I have been talking about it since two-three days,” Parsekar told reporters in Panaji.
The CM had earlier set a deadline of December 30 for achieving cashless transactions, inviting criticism from opposition Congress as well as from within the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). “There cannot be a deadline to go cashless. I have always said that it is not cashless, but could be less cash to start with. Goa can do it,” Parsekar said.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Parsekar had chaired a meeting last week, asking bankers to educate vendors, hawkers and the business community on how to execute cashless transactions.