Anna Hazare lauds demonetisation, calls it a ‘revolutionary’ step
Expressing that demonetisation will curb black money, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday hailed the Center for its “bold and revolutionary” decision of scrapping the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
The 79-year-old social activist said: “This revolutionary step will curb black money, corruption and terrorism (funding) to a large extent.”
“The previous governments never showed the will to crackdown on black money. The present dispensation has taken a bold step and this will strengthen the democracy,” Hazare told news-wire PTI.
The veteran social activist said the next course of action for the government should be to “clean up” the election process.
He said, “Now the government should accept the challenge to eliminate black money from the poll process and politics as well by bringing in large electoral reforms.”
The veteran alleged that almost all political parties accept huge cash donations for elections but furnish receipts (for amounts below Rs 20,000) against donors to avoid coming under the scanner of Income Tax officials and RTI.
“Hence, it is time the government ensures transparency in the poll process to make it more credible,” Hazare said.