Following the government’s decision to mark bank users’ fingers using hard-to-remove ink to stop multiple visits to exchange currency, ‘Indelible ink removal’ was trending on Google.
With motive to reduce the crowd at banks to exchange the demonetization, the Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das, on Nov 15, said banks will mark with indelible ink the fingers of people to stop them from coming back repeatedly and choking queues.
The searches originating from India on how to remove the ink hit a high on Wednesday. The most number of searches were made from New Delhi, followed by Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Similarly, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Nov 8 blindsided the nation with his biggest step against tax evasion, many Indians turned to Google for help.
“How to convert black money into white money” was trending on the search engine.
Most of the searches on Google were from Modi’s home state of Gujarat, Google trends show, a region known for its entrepreneurial spirit, small traders and jewelers that form the power base of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
Maharashtra, which includes the financial hub Mumbai, came in second followed by Haryana, which has been in the news over the past months for controversial real estate deals including some with alleged links to the main opposition Congress party.