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Anna Hazare lauds Modi govt for ‘demonetisation’ move, calls it ‘revolutionary’ step

Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today lauded the Narendra Modi government for its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 18, 2016 15:55 IST ]
Anna Hazare lauds Modi govt for ‘demonetisation’ move

Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today lauded the Narendra Modi government for its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

Anna Hazare termed it a "bold and revolutionary" step that will curb corruption and terror funding in the country.

"This revolutionary step will curb black money, corruption and terrorism (funding) to a large extent," Hazare said.

"The previous governments never showed the will to crackdown on black money. The present dispensation has taken a bold step and this will strengthen the democracy," he added.

Pointing out "discrepancies" in funding of political parties, the veteran social activist said the next course of action for the government should be to "clean up" the election process.

"Now the government should accept the challenge to eliminate black money from the poll process and politics as well by bringing in large electoral reforms," he said, ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled in some states next year.

Hazare alleged that almost all political parties accept huge cash donations for elections but furnish receipts (for amounts below Rs 20,000) against donors to avoid coming under the scanner of Income Tax officials and RTI.

"Hence, it is time the government ensures transparency in the poll process to make it more credible," he said.

However, he cautioned that adequate safeguards need to be taken before ushering in the new currency regime.

After the Narendra Modi government came to power, the Gandhian was often seen attacking it for its "failure" to bring back black money stashed in tax havens abroad.

(With PTI inputs)

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