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Thiruvananthapuram: The appropriate authority to inspect the serving of beef in New Delhi’s Kerala House was a veterinary officer and not Delhi Police, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chandy said here on Thursday that he has written a second letter to Modi over the police raid at the Kerala House in the national capital city which has created much political upheaval.

“The first letter was the formal expression of protest and today’s letter is one which points out the provisions as per the rules laid down,” Chandy said.

“It’s under the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994. The appropriate authority — the veterinary officer — should first give (notice) in writing and then enter the Kerala House to conduct an inspection,” the chief minister said.

“In the act, the Delhi Police’s role is to search the vehicles at the entry point if it carries cattle for slaughter. The rules are very, very clear and hence what they did was against the rules,” he maintained.

In his second letter to Modi, Chandy has admonished the Delhi Police officials and termed their barging into the Kerala House canteen as “tyrannical and reprehensible”.

“The whole episode is a total disregard of legal niceties by the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the central government in a constitutionally federal structure,” he wrote.

On Monday, Delhi Police conducted a raid at the Kerala House canteen following a complaint that beef was being served there. Cow slaughter and beef are legally banned in Delhi.

(IANS)

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The Answer to The Impending Questions On Demonetization Are Here

While it did broaden the country’s tax base, it was a nightmare for the immense, cash-dependent informal economy.

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Nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegal hoards of cash came back into the financial system, Resever Bank of India  has announced, indicating the move did little to slow the underground economy.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s currency decree, which was designed to destroy the value of billions of dollars in untaxed cash stockpiles, caused an economic slowdown and months of financial chaos for tens of millions of people or demonetization.

Modi announced in a November 2016 TV address that all 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes, then worth about $7.50 and $15, would be withdrawn immediately from circulation. The banned notes could be deposited into bank accounts but the government also said it would investigate deposits over 250,000 rupees, or about $3,700. The government eventually released new currency notes worth 500 and 2,000 rupees.

 

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An activist of Congress party hold the banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

 

In theory, the decree meant corrupt politicians and businesspeople would suddenly find themselves sitting on billions of dollars in worthless currency, known here as “black money.”

“A few people are spreading corruption for their own benefit,” Modi said in the surprise nighttime speech announcement of the order. “There is a time when you realize that you have to bring some change in society, and this is our time.”

But even as the decree caused turmoil for those in India who have always depended on cash — the poor and middle class, and millions of small traders — the rich found ways around the currency switch. In the months after the decree, businesspeople said that even large amounts of banned currency notes could be traded on the black market, though middlemen charged heavy fees.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with mayor, flickr

The reserve bank of India report said in its Wednesday report that 99.3 percent of the $217 billion in notes withdrawn from circulation had come back into the economy. Some officials had originally predicted that number could be as low as 60 percent.

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“Frankly, I think demonetization was a mistake,” said Gurcharan Das, a writer and the former head of Proctor & Gamble in India. He said that while it did broaden the country’s tax base, it was a nightmare for the immense, cash-dependent informal economy.

“You can’t overnight change that in a country which is poor and illiterate. Therefore, for me it’s not only an economic failure but a moral failure as well,” Das said. (VOA)

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