‘Massive swachh abhiyan’: Modi on demonetisation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said currency ban was the “biggest cleanliness drive” his government has undertaken against the black money hoarders. He assured the people that money that has been looted will be brought back and that the “rules will be the same for everyone”. Addressing the Indian community in Japan, PM Modi said he was aware of the difficulty people were facing back home after the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, but emphasised that it was necessary in the larger interests of the nation.
“I salute each and every Indian. Many families had weddings, health problems... yes they faced inconvenience but they accepted the decision,” he said. The PM’s remarks were part of a speech he delivered to the Indian community in Kobe, Japan.
“This is a massive swachhata abhiyaan (cleaning drive),” he declared. “The money that has been looted has to be recovered. And, the rules have to be the same for everyone,” he added. Peppering his speech with light-hearted quips on demonetisation, Modi said: “We spent long hours trying to figure out how to minimise the inconvenience. We said no questions would be asked of deposits of up to two-and-a-half lakh rupees.”