Pradip Bhandari, the CEO and Founder of Jan Ki Baat, tries to understand the public opinion post-demonetization. One interviewee, an auto-wallah by profession, praised PM Modi for the courageous venture his government has undertaken. However, he observed that the problems faced by the people are genuine since the working class is often forced to spend their time standing in queues. It is those who earn their bread on a daily basis who are suffering. Saying its too early to predict the future and noting the error in seeing the issues as temporary, the autowallah chose to not rush into judgement.
Demonetization came as a surprise to many when PM Modi declared his, and his governments intention to clean the nation, on 8 th November 2016. Getting rid of black money formed major chunk of Modi and BJPs 2014 manifesto. Withdrawal of the legal tender of ?1000 and ?500 met with staunch resistance by some groups and was questioned by many. Though demonization was lauded for its noble goal, it was simultaneously critiqued for the loopholes it contained.
#JanJanKiBaat hopes to capture the pulse of the common man and subsequently, understand the direction in which public perception is heading regarding demonetization.