Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.


New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday criticised Congress leader P Chidambaram's statement on demonetisation of Rs 2,000 currency notes, saying it does not like to blame the former finance minister in such cases. She was speaking to reporters at a press conference here to mark the completion of nine years of the Narendra Modi government.

Chidambaram had on Monday said the issuance of Rs 2,000 notes and subsequent withdrawal of the currency raised doubts about the integrity and stability of the Indian currency. He also said that key economic indicators are pointing downwards and there is little confidence that the economy will reach a high growth path.

The Reserve Bank of India had recently announced the withdrawal of Rs 2000,30 notes and asked people to deposit or exchange them in banks by September <>.

Asked about Chidambaram's comments, Sitharaman said, "It is not good for a former finance minister, who has served in this ministry, to doubt the decision of the central bank in such matters."

"I think it would be better for all of us to understand the situation and make appropriate comments about the office he has been in and not speak lightly while giving opinions," he said.