After announcing the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on November 8, PM Narendra Modi now seeks the feedback of citizens by taking a survey on the Narendra Modi app. First of all, Mr.Modi, do you think this survey will be taken by farmers, labourers who don’t even have a smartphone? I have a smartphone but I was not interested in taking this survey, so what makes you think that a person who is not getting cash despite standing in queues for hours will take this survey? Not a smart move, Mr.PM!
The survey consists of 10 questions to assess the mood of the people on various aspects of the note ban, with the tenth question asking for feedback and suggestions through a text input field. However, some of the questions are biased, and sometimes don’t have an option to respond that one disagrees. Sample this: Question number 7 is “Demonetisation will bring real estate, higher education, healthcare in common man’s reach?” The options that we get are “completely agree”, “partially agree”, “can’t say”. Like really? There is no option of Disagreement. You have to either agree with the PM on every move or resort to choosing an option of ‘can’t say’! What if I believe that it won’t help these sectors? Why should I be forced to say ‘I can’t say’? Dear PM, if you can’t take the criticism of the people then why are you asking them to take this survey?
Then comes the most stupid question of the survey, “Do you believe some anti-corruption activists are now actually fighting in support of black money, corruption & terrorism? Don’t you think it is the most outlandish query? This back-handed question seems to be aimed at his political opponents and those who have spoken up against the implementation of the move. A “yes” or “no” question, it serves little purpose on gaining mass opinion of the currency ban.
In the final section, you can make suggestions. After two weeks of mess and several reported deaths, seeking suggestions is a little too late. In a nutshell, this survey proves to be utterly insufficient and inefficient in summing up the larger sentiments of people standing in queues outside cashless banks and ATMs. My advise to the PM would be to first explain to the common man what he aimed at doing with this move. Also, the feedback should have been taken via SMSes and phonecalls as well. By choosing to put out a survey on his app, PM Modi has narrowed the survey sample size to only the educated people in the country. Ironically, the survey is called ‘Jan Jan ki baat’, but it seems that the government is not interested in hearing what the common man on the streets has to say.
The survey was launched on November 22 2016 at 10 am and got close to a record 5 lakh responses within 30 hours. At the time of writing this story, the survey had 27,111 shares and 19807 comments.