Demonetisation: Northeast India worst affected; business slumps by 25 per cent, says industry body

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Guwahati, Nov 19: The landlocked Northeast India has been worst affected by demonetisation, says Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (Finer)--the umbrella industry body of the region.

The Finer adds the region has been the worst affected since demonetisation, with business slumping by 25 per cent.

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"Demonetisation has affected the Northeast the most because banking penetration in the interior areas is low compared to other regions of the country. Small-time traders have been immediately hit by the move as they hinge mostly on cash for their daily transactions," Finer President Pabitra Buragohain told reporters.

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Buragohain added that sectors with a sizeable magnitude of cash transactions have been adversely affected, the worst hit being the construction sector.

However, the Finer said it was a bold move undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government to fight against black money and corruption by scrapping high value currency notes on November 8.

"Consumption of high-end goods has come down. But the move will have a positive impact on growth in the long run. We expect the economy to recover in six months," he added.

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