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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 20:

Days after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking exemption of PAN card for tribals while depositing funds above Rs 50,000, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took on Naveen and questioned the benefits of such a move.

Dharmendra Pradhan media byte

“At a time when digital transactions have already been adopted for welfare schemes, I fail to see the why the State Government would seek waiver of PAN. This shows that the Naveen Patnaik government has not been able to adopt digital transactions,” said Pradhan addressing a gathering at BJP state headquarters today.

He further added that the Prime Minister’s move has left Biju Janata Dal worried.

“The panchayat polls are due. Everyone knows what BJD does to win polls. This probably has left the Chief Minister worried,” he added while explaining that it should not be difficult for a depositor to furnish PAN number while depositing amount that require PAN by law.

Biju Janata Dal, on the other hand, shot back at BJP and alleged that the demonetisation move was fixed.

“After converting all their black money into white, the BJP government announced demonetisation. The tribals are being made to suffer. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has not seen the trouble people are going through,” said BJD Vice President Damodar Rout.