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Five Lakh People Participated In PM's Demonetisation Survey With Over 93% Saying They Support The Move, Says Govt

"Unprecedented response to App Survey'

23/11/2016 8:30 PM IST | Updated 23/11/2016 9:51 PM IST
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More than 93 per cent of the five lakh people who participated in a survey on Narendra Modi App have supported demonetisation, the PMO said on Wednesday a day after the Prime Minister sought public feedback on the issue.

"I thank people for the historic participation in the survey. It's satisfying to read the insightful views & comments," the Prime Minister tweeted along with the results of the survey conducted on Narendra Modi App.

"Unprecedented response to App Survey, record number of citizens share their view," said the title of a write-up on narendramodi.in whose link was shared by the Prime Minister on his twitter account.

The survey result was read out by IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at Cabinet meeting this evening, prompting the Prime Minister to say that it "reflects the mood" of the people.

In just over 24 hours of the survey, more than 5 lakh people have participated and expressed their opinion, it said, adding "This is a staggering number by any stretch. No opinion survey conducted in India, on such policy or political issues, even comes close to sampling so many responses."

More than 93 per cent people support the move to demonetize the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes, it said. Of the over 5 lakh responses so far, only 2 per cent have rated the move as 'very poor' or 'one star', the survey result said.

More than 90 per cent of the respondents feel the government s move to tackle black money is above four-star rating, the survey result says. 73 per cent of them give it five-star rating of 'brilliant'.

On the overall fight against corruption, more than 92 per cent of respondents either rate the government as 'very good' or 'good' while 57 per cent of them rate the fight as 'very good'.

"As high as 86 per cent people believe that some so- called anti-corruption activists are now actually batting in support of black money, corruption and even terrorist financing!", the write-up said. .

The write-up said the demonetization survey was launched on the NM App on Tuesday at 10 AM and "the response has been phenomenal."

Modi's move to gauge the views of the people directly came at a time when the opposition has escalated its attack on the issue of demonetisation.

Explaining the reason behind the Prime Minister's move on survey, the write-up said Modi's "belief in participative governance and direct engagement with people is unwavering" and "time and again, he has directly engaged with the people and sought their views on a wide range of issues.

"...It was then decided to speak directly to the people and take their views in an open, free, fair, and equitable poll.

"Instead of intermediaries speaking on behalf of people, let the people speak for themselves. Let them say whether they support or oppose the demonetization move.

"Let them offer suggestions to alleviate the genuine inconveniences that some people may be facing. If someone has a well-argued case of opposing the move, let them say that too. Overall, instead of just opinion, let data speak for the support for the move."

Contending that the questions to which the Prime Minister had sought answers were "comprehensive and direct", the write-up said the queries also included opportunity to give feedback.

"The overall aim included means to make the implementation stronger and more effective," it said.

The questions included "Do you have any suggestions/ideas or insights you would like to share with PM Narendra Modi."

Some of the other questions asked are:

"Do you think black money exists in India?

"Do you think the evil of corruption and black money need to be fought and eliminated?

"What do you think of government's move of banning old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes?

"Do you mind inconvenience faced in our fight to curb corruption, black money, terrorism and counterfeiting of currency?" .

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