Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File Photo)Image Credit source: File Photo : ANI
The work of changing ₹ 2000 notes is going on across the country, which is going to run till 30 September. Now sharp rhetoric has been seen between former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and the current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman regarding this. In this matter, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has given a befitting reply to Chidambaram.
Now it has happened that 9 years of Modi government have been completed. On this occasion, the central government is organizing many programs across the country. While the opposition Congress is putting the failures of the government in front of the public on this occasion. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in Mumbai on Tuesday for one such programme, where she was questioned about P. Chidambaram’s statement on ₹2000 note.
What did former Finance Minister Chidambaram say?
Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said during a press conference in Mumbai on Monday that it was the Modi government that came up with the ₹2000 note and withdrew it. This will reduce people’s confidence in the stability and reliability of the Indian currency. Chidambaram called it a ‘useless’ and ‘stupid’ move by the government.
Nirmala retorted like this
When the Finance Minister was questioned about Chidambaram’s statement, he retaliated sharply. Nirmala Sitharaman said that making such statements does not suit her. He refused to link the decision to withdraw the ₹2000 note with the Modi government.
He said that former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram knows that any decision regarding currency is taken by RBI. In such a situation, there is no point in putting the Modi government in the dock on this issue. On the other hand, the matter of currency is a matter of sovereignty, on which the central bank takes a decision. Apart from this, the age of ₹ 2000 note has also been completed.
The fight for ₹2000 note continues
However, this confrontation between Sitharaman and Chidambaram did not stop here. P. Chidambaram also targeted the Centre’s handling of the economy. He said that the country’s GDP growth rate has fallen continuously in the three quarters of 2022-23. The current situation is a far cry from the average 9 per cent growth during 2004 to 2009. Unemployment, inflation, rising inequality are big issues before the country.
On this, Nirmala said that the government is keeping an eye on the price pressure and is continuously trying to bring down the inflation. Retail inflation has now come down to 4.8 percent.