Taking a jibe at the Centre, Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday slammed the RBI governor, Urjit Patel, as he defended the delay in the counting of old demonetised notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. He took to Twitter to slam the RBI chief. He wrote, “Government of India (is) looking for a Math tutor. Please apply to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) ASAP (as soon as possible).”
GOI looking for a Math tutor. Please apply to PMO ASAP ?https://t.co/nO9IwUT1pS
The RBI chief on Wednesday had said, “the counting process of demonetised currency notes hasn’t been completed yet as the bank is still waiting to receive cash from certain cooperatives and Nepal based banks.”
Senior Congress leader and former finance minister, P Chidambaram, had also slammed the RBI for buying the note-counting machines eight-month after demonetisation and questioned if the central bank had not heard about “leasing” equipment. He had written, “RBI buying note counting machines 8 months after demonetisation! Has RBI not heard of “leasing”.
RBI buying note counting machines 8 months after demonetisation! Has RBI not heard of 'leasing'?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) July 13, 2017
Before appearing the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, Patel had said that RBI is planning to buy more machines for counting of banned notes.
“The bank currently has 66 machines to count the notes and a tender to buy more machines has been issued,” he said. Patel also added that RBI employees are working round-the-clock without any holidays.