Modi Government’s First Decision: Special Investigation Team on Black Money


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held the first Cabinet meeting of his new government where the issue of bringing back the black money was discussed.

“I want to share two issues which were discussed at the meeting today. It is a matter a great satisfaction that we have constituted a SIT (Special Investigation Team) to bring back black money as per Supreme Court orders,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a briefing later.

“The highest level of financial, revenue and economic management of the country are members of the SIT. This indicates the commitment of the new government of India,” Mr Prasad said.

The SIT will be headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice MB Shah, he added.

It was a busy day for Mr Modi who left Gujarat Bhawan early on Tuesday morning for his South Block office, where he laid rose petals and bowed before a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi. He then sat at his table and signed papers.

His first tweet of the day was a tribute to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who died on May 27, 50 years ago.

The new Prime Minister had begun work soon after being sworn in on Monday evening, meeting senior officials of his government. He hasn’t shifted yet to the official residence of the Prime Minister at 7 Race Course Road and will reportedly stay at the Gujarat Bhawan for a few more days.

With his new External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj by his side, Mr Modi held a series of meetings this morning with the South Asian leaders who attended his oath ceremony at Delhi’s Hyderabad House….

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