Budget 2018: Yoga Guru and FMCG giant Patanjali head Baba Ramdev has reacted to the Budget 2018. He called the Budget 2018 pro-poor but accepted that there are reasons for the middle class to be disappointed by the Budget. He himself wished for a change in the income tax slabs.
Budget 2018: Yoga Guru-turned-businessman Baba Ramdev has again grabbed the attention of one and all with his unique take – this time on Budget 2018. Ramdev, who is considered to be close to the Narendra Modi-led BJP government today, said that Budget 2018 does not meet the expectations of the middle-class. While answering questions in an event of a private news channel, Ramdev said, “I believe anyone whose annual salary is less than five lakh should be exempted from paying tax and the decision to not change income tax slabs is disappointing.” Acknowledging that managing expenses within the income of 40,000 to 50,000 per month is tough in cities, Ramdev said, “A person has to take care of many things, be it the health of the family or the education of his kids. Thus, the government should be more sensitive while deciding on the tax slabs.” However, he also expressed his delight over the announcements made for the farmers in the budget. He hailed the 2018-19 Union Budget as a pro-poor budget and said that it will help become a society with lesser income inequality.
Analysing Budget 2018, he said that the healthcare scheme launched by the government is extraordinary. He said, “Modi Ji has inclined towards the farmers and poor this time around. His move to make education and health accessible to all is laudable.” Yogi also showered praises on Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, saying the minister has been performing exceptionally well. He also said that he likes Modi because he has a vision for the poor and there should be no objection to a pro-poor budget.
Replying to a question on his FMCG brand Patanjali, he said, “I don’t believe in spending profits garnered by my brand on my comfort. I have been working in the area of cow protection and my team is also going to build a not-for-profit university for students. I keep accounts of all my money and make sure it is used for nation-building. No one can accuse me of any kind of foul play.” He also urged the people to work for the prosperity of the nation and said the rich can make this nation self-reliant with their efforts. Giving the slogan of ‘Prosperity for charity’, he said the prosperous people should use their wealth to undertake the work of nation-building.