Despite the noise made by political parties against demonetisation led by Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, who is playing the role of a capable deputy, the country's tone on the move has turned to be overwhelmingly different as an online survey revealed Wednesday.
The survey was conducted through the official app of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to gauge the mood of the nation about the Centre's move to spike the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
"I thank people for the historic participation in the survey. Its satisfying to read the insightful views & comments," PM Modi said on Twitter on Wednesday.
According to results published on narendramodi.in, till 3.30 pm on Wednesday a whopping in just over 24 hours of the survey, over five lakh people have participated and expressed their opinion.
Unlike the drama on the streets by Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, over 90 percent of the respondents feel the government’s move to tackle black money is above four-star rating while 73 percent of them give it a five-star rating.
On the overall fight against corruption, over 92 percent of respondents have rated the government as very good or good while 57 percent of them termed the fight as very good.
The survey revealed that as high as 86 percent people believed that some anti-corruption activists are now actually batting in support of black money, corruption and even terrorist financing!
The mood of the nation also came out in the comments made by some of those who took the survey.
"A bold and historic move indeed!!!!Kudos to the Honorable Prime Minister and his government!!!! I really feel, the inconveniences that we are facing are nothing compared to the long-term benefits which the economy will enjoy in the near future. I hope that the Honorable Prime Minister will continue taking such steps to curb the other social and economic problems which are still prevailing. Thank you!!!!," said Suvojit Mukherjee.
One Jeetendra Yadav urged PM Modi not to rollback demonetisation despite such calls from some corners.
On Tuesday, Modi urged the people to participate in the survey through Twitter as since the announcement on 8 November the country did witness chaos with people continuing to line up outside banks and ATMs in interminably long queues.
"I want your first-hand view on the decision taken regarding currency notes. Take part in the survey on the NM App," said Modi posting a link of the app on Twitter.
Following were the queries given in the form of multiple choice questions:
1. Do you think that black money exists in India?
2. Do you think the evil of corruption and black money needs to be fought and eliminated?
3. Overall, what do you think about the government's moves to tackle black money?
4. What do you think of the Modi government's efforts against corruption so far?
5. What do you think of the Modi government's move of banning old Rs 500 and 1,000 notes?
6. Do you think demonetisation will help in curbing black money, corruption and terrorism?
7. Demonetisation will bring real estate, higher education, healthcare in the common man's reach?
8. Did you mind the inconvenience faced in our fight to curb corruption, black money, terrorism and counterfeiting of currency?
9. Do you believe some anti-corruption activists are now actually fighting in support of black money, corruption and terrorism?
10. Do you have any suggestions, ideas or insights you would like to share with the PM?
"This survey is in sync with the Prime Minister's vision of participative governance and directly seeking the views of the people of India on key policy and execution matters," the PMO said in a statement.
With input from IANS