Rs 1,000 and 500 notes to be accepted for land registration till Nov 24, says Akhilesh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Tuesday announced that Rs 500, Rs 1000 old notes will be accepted for land registration till November 24. Add to this, he also instructed the state’s chief secretary to set up more currency exchange centres in Agra and other cities of the state.

Recently, Akhilesh had sent missives to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union finance minister Arun Jaitley and urged them to allow private hospitals and medicine shops to accept old Rs 1,000 and 500 currency notes till October 30 for treatment of the poor. He also criticised the Centre, accusing the government of not being prepared to execute the plan.

“This is wrong. The central government did not act with a proper mindset. They were not prepared about this. They have not done it wisely, because of which the people have to suffer,” he told reporters.

On the other hand, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav had demanded the rollback of the decision for a few days, citing the wedding season. Meanwhile, the opposition continues to attack the Narendra Modi government over its decision to demonetise currency notes. Bahujan Samaj Party Mayawati claimed the decision would badly affect the farmers and poor people. She also compared the present situation akin to that of Emergency.

The Congress too attacked the Modi government over the decision. “There is not a single person in this country who is not suffering due to demonetisation. This is the biggest scam of all time,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee too voiced her criticism, saying her party Trinamool Congress was against the sufferings of people, and not against the move to curb black money. “The common man is feeling harassed because of the decision,” Mamata told reporters.