Bhopal, Apr 17: After reports of shortage of Rs 2000 currency notes in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called it a conspiracy to create cash crunch in the state. Chouhan warned that the government will act sternly against those who are hoarding Rs 2000 currency notes. The Chief Minister made the statements while addressing a large gathering of farmers at Shajapur district headquarters.

“When demonetisation took place, markets were flooded with currency notes worth Rs 15 lakh crore. Today, Rs 16.5 lakh crore currency notes have been printed and circulated. But where are the Rs 2000 currency notes vanishing? Who is hoarding them? Who is creating currency crunch?” Shivraj Singh Chouhan reportedly asked. He made a veiled attack on opposition parties and said, “This is also a conspiracy…, so that troubles start. Once the trouble starts, (conspirators) play mischief.”

The Chief Minister further said that the state government was in contact with the Centre and would take strict actions against persons found involved in hoarding Rs 2000 currency notes. The event was organised to mark the launch of Krishak Samrudhi Yojana, wherein Rs 265 per quintal will be given to the farmers on sale of wheat on support price or more, Rs 100 per quintal on sale of gram, lentil mustard and Rs 800 per quintal sale of garlic.

The Madhya Pradesh government also transferred Rs 1,669 crore online in the bank accounts of 10.21 lakh farmers against the Rs 200 per quintal for wheat procurement year 2016-17 and paddy acquisition year 2017, reported a leading daily.