Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said the decision to demonetise high denomination currency notes was a well-planned move and not taken in haste and it will go a long way in checking corruption in politics. “Recently a decision to demonetise currency notes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 has been taken…it surprised people not only in the country but the world over…this will bridge the gulf between the poor and rich,” he said at the 69th annual meeting of Indian Commerce Association here.
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“People said the government has acted in haste and more time should have been given…I want to say that there had been no haste…it was a well-planned move…it has been taken after enough consideration about the future,” he said.
He claimed any economist will welcome the move. “The economists have hailed this brave move…it will go a long way in checking corruption not only in politics but also in government and administration,” Singh said, adding it will make politics clean to a large extent.
He said that soon after coming to power, the BJP government had started working against black money. Singh said the government formed an SIT and initiated effective steps for checking benami properties and transactions carried out through wrong means. The Home Minister said a parallel economy was being run with the money earned through “wrong means” and the poor and the honest were forced to bear its brunt. “Those having black money must have gone bankrupt because of the government move…this was a necessary move and also in national interest. This will help end disparity in income and economy,” he said.