Tax Collection Up, More New Notes of Rs 500 Soon; Arun Jaitley


New Delhi: Nearly 50 days after the implementation of demonetisation , finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the critical phase for the economy is now over and the situation will only improve further.

“The critical part of remonetisation is now behind us and it will be much better, going forward,” Jaitley told reporters at a media briefing.  Jaitley said that the November 8 decision has greatly benefitted the economy, with a double-digit increase in tax collection figures.

“Notwithstanding what critics predicted, there has been significant increase in tax collection in all segments. Till December 19, direct tax mop-up rose 14.4%, indirect tax grew 26.2%, central excise is up 43.3%,” Jaitley said. On the issue of cash crunch, the BJP leader informed that remonetisation has advanced substantially and the RBI has a large amount of currency available with it.

“A large part of the demonetised currency has been replaced and more new notes of Rs 500+ are being released for circulation,” he added.

The finance minister underscored that contrary to apprehensions, the impact on GDP was not as bad as feared and in fact, various sectors such as investment in mutual funds and life insurance, fuel consumption, and tourism witnessed growth post demonetisation.

Jaitley thanked people for supporting demonetisation and said that not a single incident of unrest has been reported over junked notes.