PM Modi asks public to send views on demonetisation

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arriving at BJP parliamentary party meeting, Nov 22, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arriving at BJP parliamentary party meeting, Nov 22, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Seeking direct public views on the policy of demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a survey on his mobile application. He asked the public to participate in a survey where a number of questions have been posed with regard to scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.

“I want your first-hand view on the decision taken regarding currency notes. Take part in the survey on the NM App,” he said sharing information on his twitter handle @narendramodi on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s move has come amid an aggressive Opposition demanding his presence in the debate on demonetisation in Parliament. Both the houses have been witnessing noisy protest over the issue leading series of adjournments.

Earlier, addressing his lawmakers in the BJP parliamentary party, PM Modi said this government’s move of demonetisation is the beginning of a “long, deep and constant” battle against black money and corruption and it will benefit the poor and the common man.

People stand in a long queue to withdraw money at an ATM in Allahabad  Photo-PTI

People stand in a long queue to withdraw money at an ATM in Allahabad
Photo-PTI

“We have come to power not for us or those close to us but for the poor. For 70 years, the poor and the lower and middle classes suffered and have been exploited by black money, corruption and terrorism. Our aim is a deep, long and constant struggle against them,” he said.

“This is not the end but only a beginning of our struggle,” the Prime Minister said as he also cited measures like setting up of a SIT on black money and Income Disclosure Scheme, 2016.

During the meet, BJP MPs passed a unanimous resolution supporting government’s demonetisation decision.

The resolution was also critical of the Opposition parties, asking them to decide whether they stand by the people of India and the government or hoarders of black money.

Hailing PM’s “great crusade” against corruption, the BJP Parliamentary Party’s resolution accused the opposition of trying to provoke violence and chaos and disrupt Parliament.

The Opposition has been critical of the government’s move, citing inconvenience caused to the public, especially to the poors and the farmers. The government is also facing Opposition heat over the reports of more than 70 people dying post the demonetisation move, many of whom repotedly collapsed while standing in long queues for ATMs or at the banks.

(With inputs from the PTI)