Mann ki Baat: 5 days to Dec 30, PM Modi says ‘no full stops’ in black money drive

Just the beginning... have to win this battle, says PM in last radio talk of year

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published:December 26, 2016 3:45 am
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With less than a week to go for his 50-day deadline on demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there was “no question of retreating” and that there would be no “poorna viraam (full stops)” in the “campaign against corruption and black money”.

In his last Mann ki Baat of the year, Modi thanked people for enduring “pain” in wake of the cash crunch and said there were many people “who are wholeheartedly supporting the action being taken and have clearly said that this fight must be carried forward”.

He said people had written to him “in large numbers”, asking him “not to feel exhausted, not to stop and take the most stringent measures… Yeh to abhi shuruaat hai, yeh jang jeetna hai. Peeche hatne ka prashna hi nahin uthta hai (This is just the beginning. We have to win this battle. There is no question of retreating).”

Hailing people as the “real agents of change”, the Prime Minister thanked them for not only braving hardships but giving a “karara jawab (fitting reply)” to the “few who have been trying to mislead them”.

Hitting out at critics of demonetisation, he said, “saari afwaahen failayi gayin, bhrastachar aur kaale dhan jaisi ladai ko bhi saampradayikta ke rang se bhi rangne ka kitna prayas kiya gaya (So many rumours were spread, even the fight against corruption and black money was sought to be painted as communal).” But despite that, he said, people had “stood firm with their faith intact”.

Talking about the frequent seizure of currency notes, he said the “awareness and alertness” of common citizens had helped the government catch “influential people”

The Prime Minister also defended the government’s frequent change of rules on demonetisation, saying it had done so because it was a “samvedansheel sarkaar (sensitive government)” and “janata ki pareshaani kam ho (so that citizens are not subjected to hardships)”. He said, “People who cannot endorse corruption and black money openly” are the ones who have been trying to find faults with the government.

Without naming his political rivals, he said they were trying to thwart the government’s efforts. “Sattar saal se beimani aur bhrashtrachaar ke kaale karobaar me kaisi shaktiyan judi hui hain (For the past 70 years, look at the kind of forces who are involved in the murky business of dishonesty and corruption)… When our opponents keep coming up with new tactics, we have to act against them decisively, since we have resolved to eradicate corrupt, shady businesses and black money.”

He said frequent disruptions of the recently concluded Winter Session of Parliament had angered ordinary people and that “the President and Vice President also explicitly expressed their displeasure”.

He also spoke at length about the ‘Lucky Grahak Yojana’ and ‘Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana’ schemes launched by the government to promote digital transactions among consumers and traders and termed them “Christamas gifts”.

He said that for 100 days starting today, every day, 15,000 people who use digital payments would be rewarded Rs 1,000 each through lucky draws. Besides, there would be a grand draw once every week and three months later, on April 14, on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, a mega bumper draw would be held, with the prize money in crores, Modi said.

He also wished the people on Christmas and remembered former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on his birthday.

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    Arpita
    Dec 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm
    Go ahead we are with u sir..
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      Haradhan Mandal
      Dec 26, 2016 at 3:28 am
      Just 3 years back entire India was made to belief that all we needed was a 100% PERFECT LOKPAAL BILL to kill corruption from India - once for ever - and India will become a developed country few days soon after then.. We were promised a LOAKPAAL for entire India (and Lokayukta for each state) and Independent CBI and an empowered CVC with more facility, staff and power for a CVC. lt;br/gt;They mocked Rahul hi for his 'earthquake'? How they can can mock him so confidently and BRAZENLY!??? .Because they are confident that there is NONE and there will be no LOKPAAL or independent CBI or CVC?
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        Satendra kumar
        Dec 26, 2016 at 12:51 am
        50 days of demonetisation coming to the end but the government initiative to curb corruption to zero percentage will be great achievement.
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          Sourav mohanty
          Dec 29, 2016 at 4:27 pm
          Sir,your project against Sascha varat mission 12000 rupees is spend but it is consumed by govt officers and contractors,sarpanch of villages I.e I think.so pls take actions and give chances to general peoples to give their opinion that reachable to you.
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            Mathura
            Dec 26, 2016 at 1:41 am
            Another head line in IE--iPad, 5-star meal, ice-cream: ‘Favours’ to Power Ministry officials, claims report by ex-CVO, NEEPCO--PMO needs a phone call to act because He shifts messenger who gives in writing.
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              Aki
              Dec 26, 2016 at 3:20 am
              Note Ban is "Theft of People's ets". Nothing More! It has no effect on Black Money or Corruption. Note Ban is not a RBI decision, nor its recommendation. It is an illegal and Unconsutional act by Feku. Feku should be dismissed for it.
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                T.Narayanasamy
                Dec 28, 2016 at 8:54 am
                Please continue this operation till eradicate poverty. Try to educate illiterate people to know cashless transactions through training at Village level using retired literate same village people.
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                  Jai hind
                  Dec 26, 2016 at 12:46 am
                  Frustrated bakth. U show the frustration of a loser ... Admit it dude it's a failure... And yeah tere bbehan ko woh pe la*Nd pade ho
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                    aslam
                    Dec 26, 2016 at 11:49 pm
                    Nitin Ghadkari got clean chit from Modi. BJP, RSS and other NDA parties are in safe zone. Modi is real RSS bakth.
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                      A
                      Dec 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm
                      It is completely wrong to think that tax collection is less than tax collection. Indian government departments are among the most wasteful and inefficient in the world. That's where the money goes.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The evidence is all around you and it is also the reason why almost everybody who can leave India tries to leave India and does not come back.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now don't say people are returning etc, etc. The ones returning are a tiny number of those who leave and by the time they return most of them are foreign nationals. They stay a few years and then move on.
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                        Bernard
                        Dec 26, 2016 at 12:36 am
                        After destroying the country and so many crore lives the question is, will end of the day Feku, along with BJP leaders and RSS goons may face same consequences like those who supported Saddam and Gadaffi faced.
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                          Dr. Bhalla
                          Dec 26, 2016 at 12:14 am
                          Modi has put the cart in front of the horse. Took out the cash in a predominantly cash economy, and now he's talking about digitization. Note that the talk about unearthing black money has considerably died down. Apparently this move was done mainly to convert India into digital economy. Who knew that at the beginning of this exercise.lt;br/gt;The party which opposed demonetization in the past when they were in opposition, did it without any plan. Rich got their white and black money converted without considerable effort, poor and honest are the ones suffering and dying standing in lines. Reminds me of an old Indian idiom: Andher nagri, chaupat raja
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                            ashwin
                            Dec 26, 2016 at 12:12 am
                            What a drama queen. Every time deadline comes he find new reasons. He has to pay for it ...many people cursing him and he will pay for thy.
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                              Chatri
                              Dec 25, 2016 at 11:57 pm
                              Continue till you destroy the country completely. People voted and now suffer for beliving in lies and voting illiterate and ignorants who can go to any extent in destroying the lives of 125 crore people.
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                                Citizen
                                Dec 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                                Politics is the Gangotri of corruption. Anyone serious about fighting corruption in the country, would enact a strong Lokpal bill along with transparent political funding bill. Otherwise, nautanki politics will continue which will only harm the most vulnerable.
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                                  Dardnak Modi
                                  Dec 26, 2016 at 2:51 am
                                  Restrictions on withdrawal of cash from banks and ATMs are likely to continue beyond the December 30 deadline for many more months announced by the government as the currency printing presses and the RBI have not been able to keep pace with the demand for new currency notes.
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                                    vijaykumar
                                    Dec 26, 2016 at 2:25 am
                                    Why r u spreading negative things? Congress, left r doing nothing for the common people yet u praise them . Ramnath Goenka must be shading tears and feeling ashamed
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                                      frt
                                      Dec 26, 2016 at 12:32 am
                                      TUMHARI BEHAN KI CH****T
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                                        frt
                                        Dec 26, 2016 at 12:32 am
                                        What a man !! Good Work !!
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                                          Umesh Dash
                                          Dec 26, 2016 at 12:54 am
                                          The corruption and black money is deeply rooted like cancer in the society and government offices. To fight it's logical end the government has to be resilient and determined as there will be need of constant change of tactics to neutralize the mischievous game plan of corrupt people by uniting themselves for their survival. The government should not feel exhausted or fatigued in it's fight because large number of corrupt people, government officials and political parties may get united to defeat the resolve of government. Those parties and people are surviving for Many decades on corruption and Many of them are sustaining dynasty regime, they need black money to feed their sycophants. They will have many different tactics like they will give communal colour, they will divide the society by community, caste or creed, or they will support anti national elements to be successful. That may result in reversal of temporary poll results, to demotivate government in it's resolve to fight corruption and black money. This is real testing time for government, to succeed they should forget any immediate political gains but concentrate fight this evil out of society and government offices consistently
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                                            Krishna Govil
                                            Dec 26, 2016 at 2:22 am
                                            is there any one in the country who can stop these useless utterences
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