Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reiterated that demonetisation wasn’t an easy step for him to take and sought public’s support in making it a success. “I know that you support this decision; also know that you are contributing a lot to make this a success,” PM Modi said. Referring to black money as a “disease” that has affected the country for 70 years, PM Modi said that its treatment “can’t be simple”. Addressing the nation through his popular radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, he urged unscrupulous elements to not exploit the poor by using their accounts to deposit black money in banks.
The Prime Minister invited everyone to take a pledge and become a part of a cashless economy. “I reiterate that I need your support; I am positive that you will help me in this; take a pledge that you’ll be a part of cashless economy,” PM Modi said.
Workers are not paid minimum wages, they get less than what is written on paper. Opening bank accounts will help solve this problem, he said. “Our dream is a cashless society, but we can definitely
take the first step towards a less-cash society,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also hailed those who made sacrifices in support of the move. He recalled how a hotel in Maharashtra provided free food to those without money and a Surat couple who served just tea at their wedding. “I used to talk abt ‘Chai ka charcha’ during elections; never knew this will reach marriage halls; couple in Surat got married offering tea,” said PM Modi. He also commended the banking staff for their “hard work” in helping ease the burden on the common man.
He went on to say that he took this step for the country’s poor who are suffering because of the unaccounted money floating in the country.