Demonetisation a revolutionary step to fight corruption: Anna Hazare

“The decision to issue the new currency notes of Rs 2000 denomination needs to have adequate safeguards to ensure it does not generate black money in future,” Anna Hazare said.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: November 10, 2016 9:49 am
Social activist Anna Hazare. File photo Social activist Anna Hazare. File photo

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare believes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on Tuesday night to wipe out black money by scrapping the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 was a revolutionary step. And could lead to the beginning of a “new India marching towards a corruption-free society”. The 79-year-old says the next step should be towards electoral reforms to check black money in the poll process.

 

Speaking to The Indian Express, Hazare said, “The decision to ban the circulation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is the first step, which would help in wiping out black money and putting brakes on illegal financial operations to the terror organisations. The decision will help in tackling the fake currency in circulation.”

However, he cautioned, “The decision to issue the new currency notes of Rs 2000 denomination needs to have adequate safeguards to ensure it does not generate black money in future.”

Stating that he had repeatedly raised the demand for discontinuation of higher denomination notes, Hazare said, “ I believe this decision will force the sections who has always dodged the system to become more answerable about their financial transactions and earnings. The rural poor have nothing to worry as their concerns relate to coping with the daily livelihood.”

Dwelling on the corruption in electoral process, Hazare said, “There should be flawless mechanism to audit the funds invested in the elections if we have to weed out black money.” He said his fight against corruption would continue. “At some point, every individual in the society should realise that they owe something to the nation. Afterall, thousands sacrificed their lives to give us freedom. It is our duty to uplift the poor and downtrodden,” said Hazare.

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First Published on: November 10, 2016 1:20 am
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    Balgit
    Feb 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    Anna Hazareji - you are right - we are doing "revolutions" of ATM and bank for last 4 months
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      VISWALINGAM
      Nov 18, 2016 at 11:08 am
      BLOODY FRAUD CHIDAMBARAM IS SHAMELESSLY GIVING COMMENTS TO THE PUBLIC. HE SHOULD TRY TO GET RID OF 2 G SCAMS FIRST ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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        aaaa
        Nov 14, 2016 at 8:05 am
        Best thing anybody has done for the country. Best strategy to root out corruption and black money
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          jayram
          Nov 25, 2016 at 9:22 am
          THANKS SIR AAPKE JESA SAMAJ SEVAK KI VAJAH SE HUM GARIB LOG AS RHATE HI SIR HUM APKO AK SELUT KARTE HIO SIR ETNA AGE HONEKE BAD BI AAP LAD RAHE VO BI NISWARTH BHA VO KE SATH JAY HIND SIR
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            Balaji
            Nov 10, 2016 at 3:18 am
            Abolition of 500and 1000 notes will bring difficulties to them who deals with huge transaction of money. If we are saying somebody poor then how he will face the difficulties by this decision. Whether they are not supposed to go to bank if required for exchanging the money. Whether they are not supposed to do a minimum labour if it required for the betterment of country. Sympathise them but not unnecessary sympathy. Everybody should have some duty towards the nation be he a king or a beggar. Nonsense politician are finding everything wrong in Modi without caring the merit of the issue should be stopped. Actually speaking it is not the poor who is crying it is the fake political sympathiser who cry in their name only to save their Vote Bank.
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              Bhupendra Bhagtani
              Nov 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm
              Anna could do us a big favour by calling kejriwal and ask him to behave
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                Sheelu
                Nov 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm
                Pm sir , u rock, u are my hero
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                  Kumar
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 4:25 am
                  Great decision by PM Modi.
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                    Wg Cdr
                    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:08 am
                    Certainly Mr Prime Minister,This is one of the biggest step taken by you to eradicate curruption.Great.we all are with you.
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                      Gautam Sarma
                      Nov 18, 2016 at 7:17 am
                      I support.
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                        Natesh Guruswamy
                        Nov 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                        Gr8 sir !!!!we salute you for your honesty and courage. More power to people like you. Modi will reform everything that needs to be reformed. Believe in him and pls give him some time.
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                          Krish Santhanam
                          Nov 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm
                          Anna is great and honest. His support is vital and boost the move.
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                            imgk
                            Nov 10, 2016 at 9:47 am
                            the black money is finished forever, GET ON with it. It will take years to reach the proportion it had reached, by that time economy will be mostly cashless, just ensure this government comes to power for next time also
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                              Jigish Mehta
                              Nov 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm
                              Pl seal all gaps for black marketers and black money holders of making them white by unethical means by system loop s.
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                                ksnath k
                                Nov 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                                Modi has taken great decession it is steps to kill the roots of corruption....Its India..... corruption can't b kiiled in one step.....It took almost 5hrs to get my Rs.2000.....I know it's temporary pain...can't b bared for our country what...v seen Siriya how they are surviving for there life's.....this is nothing before that.....5nally on long run for our country protection and security....Good decession Mr . Modiji
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                                  Mayank Taneja
                                  Nov 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                                  Good decision by prime minister narendra modi ji sir.
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                                    heena
                                    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:11 am
                                    Common sense prevailed over non sense.
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                                      Parth Garg
                                      Nov 10, 2016 at 8:12 am
                                      Anna doesn't go to market to by his ration and grocery. He is as ignorant of the ground realities as the NDA FM.
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                                        Ravindranath Karuturi
                                        Nov 15, 2016 at 11:10 am
                                        Hazare Praises Modi and his beloved Devotee Kejirwal Rejects with all he can...
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                                          Shivamkunar
                                          Nov 27, 2016 at 12:37 am
                                          This is the nature of nationalist
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                                            shyam Kumar
                                            Nov 13, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                                            We proud to our prime minister
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