New Delhi, Nov 16 Rajya Sabha took up discussion on demonetisation of currency on opening day of the winter session. Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal today strongly defended the government's move to scrape old currency notes of denomination Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000.
Goyal while taking part in the debate of demonetisation began by saying that, "Today the entire nation is wholeheartedly welcoming this move of the government".
He further added that for the first time in the country honest are respected and those who are not honest are suffering loss. He reassured the people that if the money is white money then the individual need not worry at all.
Piyush Goyal on the use of the word surgical strike for the demonetisation said that his government had never used the term surgical strike for the move it was others who call it surgical strike and it is a great thing if they think so for demonetisation move.
Piyush Goyal on payment through cheques:
Some quotable quotes from the minister's speech in the Rajya Sabha:
"Government has been giving Swiss Bank Account holder names to the Supreme Court; there should be no politics to fight 'Black Money'."
"Government would not have taken the move against black money if it supported corporates."
"People who can use cards should let needy people to go the banks first."