<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Questioning the unprecedented sale of gold after November 8, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that all those who have sold gold by accepting old notes will face action.He was addressing the gathering of stock brokers, trading community captains and representatives from various trade associations at Bombay Stock Exchange on Saturday. Goyal had an interactive session after an invitation by BJP city unit president Ashish Shelar.In his hour-long address, the minister recalled that he has addressed the problems being faced by jewellers’ community by sitting with them for eight-long hours at a stretch. Reminding the jewellers’ community, he said that he was sad to hear the news that gold shops were open overnight and sold gold even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision of demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Questioning how many earrings one can sell in a single day and can it be more than the gold sold in 50 years, Goyal asked the jewellers, “Do you think that government would sit quiet on this? Do you think that we have been wearing bangles all these days?”Reminding the jewellers’ community that they need to ascertain the details of the customers by checking their PAN cards if gold purchase is above Rs 2 lakh, Goyal said that any attempt to convert stock in hand in to cash would not be ignored.Taking a dig at former PM Manmohan Singh, he said that when 2G and coal scams worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore and 1.86 lakh crore were happening, was it not an organised Loot? He said that since the departments concerned were being looked after by ministers of state, it was the then Prime Minister (Dr Manmohan Singh) who had charge of the departments and the word organised robbery or loot does not befit to a person who has been PM of the country.71 crore debit cardsGoyal informed that in a country with population of 125 crore, India has 71 crore debit cards operational at present. He said that it is not difficult to usher in an era of making every transaction transparent. Replying to a question on corruption by bureaucrats, he said that if the business is honest and there is no one who is willing to give bribe, no officer can afford to ask for a bribe. He said that it was not a surgical strike but one of the measures in the series of measures towards Swachh Bharat campaign.
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