Voice Of The People

Ola Driver Vivek Kumar on politics of Demonetization

The team of Jan Ki Baat interviewed a tax-driver about demonetization and its impact on the people. The driver, Mr Vivek Kumar, remarked that he had begun to gradually feel the benefits of the government’s move as this policy was intended to enhance the welfare of common citizens. Those who had evaded their duty to pay relevant taxes and collected money unlawfully would condemn such a beneficial decision because of their self-interest-driven goals. Mr Vivek also suggested that a clip he’d recently seen on a news channel of the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi standing in queues to collect his money was a farce; when a passenger in his cab could easily withdraw money through his smartphone, so could the Congress VP. These, he said, are just strategies to distract the people from real, serious issues.

When PM Modi declared his, and his government’s, idea to sweep the nation, on 8th November 2016, the demonetization drive had begun. Getting rid of black money was a major portion of BJP’s 2014 list of goals. Sudden withdrawal of the legal tender of ?1000 and ?500 was questioned by many. Though demonization was lauded for its noble goal, it was at the same time critiqued the in-built flaws it had.

The effects that demonetization has had on the residents of India have been poles apart, with some calling it a good enough cause to unite Indians and cultivate honesty and others seeing it as anti-poor, anti-middle class policy. The diverse reactions to it need to be recorded to understand the variety of effects financial policies have on different social classes and sections.


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