New Delhi: Demonetisation decision is the equivalent of a ‘Financial Pokhran’, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue S. Gurumurthy said on Monday visualising a paradigm shift in economy that will begin a process of bringing down real estate prices and encourage transparency.

Terming the demonetisation a “Financial Pokhran", Gurumurthy said when people have excess cash there is always an urge to buy things which are not necessary and that leads to “irresponsible and heartless spending".

Demonetisation would bring about a huge change. “Just like Pokhran brought about a change which was unimaginable. Who would have thought America would look at India. If you had not exploded atom bomb they won’t have looked at you.... “That is why post Pokhran India is a paradigm shift likewise this ‘Financial Pokhran’ is a paradigm shift but it requires a very different mind to understand, articulate this and make people understand," he said.

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India conducted nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998 that catapult the country into a select nuclear club. Referring to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s comment that demonetisation was a “monumental mismanagement", that might dent GDP by 2%, Gurumurthy said the demonetisation move undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a correction for the “monumental mismanagement of the economy by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government from 2004", and if not now, demonetisation would have “remained undoable" in near future.

Gurumurthy, who is also the co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an RSS-affiliate, said demonetisation was planned two months after the change of guard at the Reserve Bank, and it was implied that there would be some errors in implementing the decision in short time while maintaining secrecy.

Asked why the Rs2,000 note was brought in and that it could encourage black money, Gurumurthy said, “In the short time of two months you do not have time to print Rs500 and Rs1000 notes. This 2000 rupee note must be phased out ... Demonetisation is not a one-stop solution for blackmoney. This requires a very major agenda... The nation is rebooting."

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He said blackmoney is a psychological disease which has to be changed and also requires cleansing of the corrupt income tax department. “So far as the Rs14 lakh crore has come into the banking system, many people may declare and pay tax may be Rs20,000-30,000 crore tax may come in. Others may conceal tax and put money in Jan Dhan accounts. Governments will chase them," Gurumurthy said.

He said for generating this amount of black money in the system it would take another 10 years and the government will do a “definite follow up" action to not let black economy prosper. “Organising the unorganised economy is what will happen through this," he said, adding that demonetisation would put a break to the black money.

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