Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a ‘surgical strike’ on black money so swiftly that the public was left stunned when they discovered that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will no longer be used. In this day and age of information ‘leaks’ how was the decision kept such a big secret?
A few weeks before, the cabinet secretariat had issued a circular to staff of all ministers advising them not to carry mobile phones to Cabinet meetings. According to sources, the ‘official agenda’ of the meeting on Tuesday was given as a discussion on MoUs to be signed between India and Japan, ensuring that even ministers were unaware of the proposal to ban high value currency notes.
The Cabinet meeting was pushed to the evening slot, coinciding with a meeting of the Reserve Bank of India Board, and finally the after the discussion at the meeting, all ministers and RBI Board member remained in their respective meeting halls until PM Modi made his official release to the public.