A day after he announced an online survey to gauge people’s response to the government’s move on demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the results so far. The results showed that more than 90 per cent respondents supported the decision on all counts.
The results, the link to which was tweeted by Modi, showed that over 90 per cent of the respondents thought that black money exists in India, that the menace needs to be eliminated and the government’s move to tackle the issue is good. A similar percentage of respondents said that they supported the move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and that the demonetisation would have an impact on curbing black money, corruption and terrorism.
“I thank people for the historic participation in the survey. It’s satisfying to read the insightful views & comments,” the PM tweeted along with the results of the survey conducted on the Narendra Modi App. The page announcing the results said that it is the PM’s belief that “the strength of 125 crore Indians has the power to propel India to newer heights”.
A total of 5 lakh people reportedly voted in the survey from 2,000 locations across the globe. Of the total respondents, 93 per cent are from India, it said.
About 66 per cent voted that they agree that demonetisation would bring real estate, higher education and healthcare within the reach of common man. While the question had no option for those who disagreed, 27 per cent said they partially agreed while 6 per cent clicked on ‘can’t say’.
On the question “Did you mind the inconvenience faced in our fight to curb corruption, black money, terrorism and counterfeiting of currency?”, the survey results claimed that 43 per cent replied ‘not at all’ while 48 per cent
said it bothered them somewhat but that it was worth it.
The government, which has been labelling critics of the move as black money hoarders and corrupt, now has numbers to claim a similar public perception. The results claim that about 86 per cent “believe some anti-corruption activists are now actually fighting in support of black money, corruption and terrorism”.
Opposition parties questioned the credibility of the survey as well as the responses to it.
“We should focus on who would be the respondents, some urban-centric people who have known PM Modi and voted for him. I completely disagree with this,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi. “Secondly, the kind of questions asked. There was no ‘disagree’ option and rural people have not participated in this survey,” she added.
CPI leader D Raja questioned the results, saying, “Rural India has no access to apps. This is not a reflection of the real picture.” He maintained that the demonetisation had affected the country’s economy in a big way and that is a big challenge.