Mangaluru: Way before Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonitised the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination notes, a man had been talking of the need to do the same. When the PM announced the move, invariably, a name-Anil Bokil was thrown into focus because it was this activist who kept impressing on the power corridors the need to demonitise higher denomination notes to curb corruption and counterfeit currency.
Founder of Arthakranthi Sansthan, Anil Bokil, according to reports, was allotted only nine minutes to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But, Bokil’s proposal to discontinue higher denomination currency notes and several other proposals interested the PM to the extent that the two entered into serious talks for over two hours.
With the PM calling back the higher denomination notes, Arthakranti Prathishtana in association with Yuva Brigade organised ‘Arthakrantigagi Vinamra Agraha – Black and White’ at Canara High School Urwa on November 13. The programme was to create awareness among public about the Arthakranti proposal, bank transactions and various simple ways of exchanging invalid currency under demonetisation.
Yuva Brigade convener Chakravarthy Sulibele who delivered a keynote address lauded the ove of the Prime Minister and said that while Manohar Parikkar started the surgical strike at the Indo-Pak border, Prime Minister Modi launched a surgical strike on the Pakistan’s fake currency mints.
“Modi chased those who were staying at government bunglows in a first step to misuse of public money. The day Modi announced demonetisation scheme, everyone named it as a surgical strike on Indian black money and this surgical strike is sure to be continued,” he said.
Appreciating the concern of the Arthakranthi, he said that the first proposal of Arthakranti has brought in huge change and when all the proposals get implemented in the coming days, there will be a strong Indian economy.
Some of the other proposals of Arthakranti Prathishtan are:
Scrap all 56 taxes including income tax but not customs
Recall and scrap high denomination currencies
All high value transaction to be made only through banking system like cheque, DD, online and electronic
Fix limit of cash transaction and no taxing on cash transaction
Revenue collection by single point tax system through banking system
Have a Banking Transaction Tax ranging from 0.7 to 2%
Actor Devdas Kapikad, D Alwyn Rodrigues CA, businessman N Jaya Shetty, lawyer B Jinendra Kumar, Mukhesh Hegde, state convener of Arthakranti Prathishtana were present on the occasion.
Nearly a decade ago, Pune-based organization Arthakranti, which has roots in Pune and Nagpur, briefed PM Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat, on a new economic model. Arthakranti’s campaign peaked around the 2014 general elections. It had the support of the BJP which eventually came to power. Arthakranti is run by a group of 17 trustees, including Atul Deshmukh, a chartered accountant residing in Nagpur. He toured the country extensively giving details of the Arthakranti model during the elections.