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    IndiaIt’s only the beginning to nail the corrupt: PM

    It’s only the beginning to nail the corrupt: PM


    It's only the beginning to nail the corrupt: PM


    New Delhi, December 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the central government would implement the law that dealt with ‘benami' properties, as he vowed to continue his “battle against black money”.


    In the last monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat' address for this year, Modi claimed his “fight against black money” was just getting started and that “there was more to come”.

    He also defended frequent changes to the central government's original plan that announced on November 8 when he decided to invalidate old banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, claiming they were to “defeat” those trying to manipulate the system. He also claimed the establishment was doing “all it could” to deal with challenges and ease the public's problems, as he appealed the masses to support his “war on corruption”.


    He also said that the central government's raids and crackdown on black money were a result of tip-offs that they received from the public.


    “I assure you that this is not the end. This is just the beginning in our fight against corruption. We have to win this war against corruption and black money. There is no question of stopping or going back in this fight,” he said.


    He also criticised rival parties for “endlessly finding fault” in the government and having disrupted Parliament's functioning. He also brushed aside as rumours claims that political parties enjoyed tax concessions and exemptions saying “all are equal before law”.


    “It was my earnest wish that the ongoing campaign against corruption and black money, including the realm of political parties and political funding, be discussed extensively in the Parliament. Had the House functioned properly, there would have been comprehensive deliberation.”

    “Some people are spreading rumours that political parties enjoy all kinds of concessions. These people are absolutely in the wrong. The law applies equally to all. Whether it is an individual, an organisation or a political party, everyone has to abide by law and one will have to,” he said.


    He also pushed for a “cashless ” in his speech, claiming digital transactions had seen a rise of 200-300% since the government's measure. He said the government gave out 15,000 prizes each day to traders who used digital transactions as incentive.


    The Prime Minister promise to make a proposed law on illegal property effective soon comes amid criticisms from the opposition that the central government's demonetisation drive did not take into account the hoards of illegal cash already converted into real estate and bullion.  — PTI

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