New Delhi, Nov 17: Asserting that the Opposition is running away from a debate on demonetisation issue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said Congress' remarks on the issue have been "irresponsible".
"Congress as a national party must support it instead of obstructing and then comparing it with Pakistan terrorism is irresponsible," Jaitley told news agency ANI.
When asked about ruckus in the Parliament over the issue, he said, "I think it is a matter of cold feet that opposition parties are running away from the debate."
The Finance Minister also asked as to what was the vested interest of the Congress to oppose the move aimed at curbing black money.
He said in a few days world's biggest initiative of currency replacement would be over.
Jaitley lauded bank employees on their commendable job over the last one week.
"In 7 days banks have brought down the rush, there is no panic. Unfortunate that some people were inconvenience," he told ANI.
Amid uproar in Parliament over the government's demonetisation decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier today said that the decision to reduce the currency exchange limit from tRs 4,500 to Rs 2,000 has been taken to stop misuse of funds.
Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das, who announced about the limit reduction, told the media that families with weddings can withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh. For doing so, the families will have to sign a self-declaration document saying the money was drawn against only one account.
Prime Minister Modi, had on November 8, announced that all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupee notes would cease to be valid in all forms of transactions in a bid to tackle hoarding of black money, corruption and terror financing.