Saying that he was ready to pay a political price for fighting corruption as part of his government’s efforts to change the “broken system” of the past 70 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday asserted that there was a visible behaviour change in the country.He also insisted that his government’s decision to demonetise high-value banknotes and usher in a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) had scared the corrupt scared and brought black money back into the economy.Modi also said the Aadhaar number would be used to track “benami property”.”There is a behaviour change in the country you can see today… the corrupt are afraid to deal in black money and there is a healthy and clean corporate culture… Going forward, organised corruption will come down by these steps. I may have to pay a political price for the path I have taken but I’m ready for it,” he said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of a Leadership Summit organised by a newspaper group.His statement assumes significance since it is coming in the midst of the ongoing Gujarat Assembly election campaign, where the opposition Congress and others have tried to corner him over the shortcomings in the implementation of the GST as well as the effectiveness of the demonetization.”This government cannot be stopped by anyone from taking steps which will bring permanent changes in the system and ensure the interest of the nation.”He added, “I think those who feel this country cannot be changed using a magic wand are grappling with frustration and disappointment,” Modi said.He also said the information on “black economy” that the government had collected after demonetization would help India in its war against corruption.”Demonetization brought in proof of black money… finished parallel economy,” he claimed.Saying that Aadhaar, the Constitutional validity of which is pending before a bench of the Supreme Court, was an irreversible change, Modi said this and other schemes like Swachh Bharat, Jan Dhan bank accounts, Ujjwala cooking gas scheme, etc, had given the poor of the country a new belief in their country.”In 2014, people didn’t vote only to change the government. They voted to change the system; they voted for a system that is permanent, irreversible…a system that is corruption-free, citizen-centric and development-friendly.” he said.Referring to the “policy paralysis” during the UPA regime, Modi said, “When we came to power what did we get as legacy? The condition of the economy, governance, fiscal order and banking system were in a bad shape. .. Bhrashtachar hi shishtachar tha (corruption was the norm).”PM said…This government cannot be stopped by anyone from taking stepsDemonetization brought in proof of black money… finished parallel economy
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Aadhaar to track benami property: PM Modi