New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Around 51 per cent of respondnets in a survey have found the implementation of the currency demonetisation measure a good step while 24 per cent explicitly termed it poor.
Another 25 per cent called the implementation average. Over 9000 citizens from across 200 cities of India participated in the survey, conducted by citizen engagement social platform LocalCircles.
While currency demonetisation was a drastic step, citizens believe that better planning must have been done by the government to avoid long queues at ATMs and banks for over 10 days now. Also, some of the steps suggested by citizens and taken by the government later like the use of indelible ink, special provision for weddings, mobile ATMs and cash availability for farmers should have been included early on. Several other suggestions like deployment of retired staff at banks and post offices and special provisions for senior citizens and women have still not been announced.
Earlier surveys had revealed that in the first few days, 40 per cent of the people in ATM and bank lines were standing in for someone else and 44 per cent of the ATMs were not functional when they were supposed to.
According to the survey, 79 per cent said they ‘on’t mind the inconvenience while another 18 per cent said its been painful but they still support it. Only 3 per cent said that they were against this step of the government.