Yoga guru Swami Ramdev on Friday said that he stood by his demand that Rs 2000 currency notes should be withdrawn from circulation in order to curb black money. Replying to questions at India TV Samvaad Budget conclave, Ramdev said, "All transactions (in Rs 2000 notes) should be made transparent, so that the honest do not face problems. I however stand by my demand that Rs 2000 notes should be withdrawn from circulation (2,000 ka note band ho)."
Asked what happened to his demand for return of offshore black money, Ramdev replied, "The government demonetised high value currency notes, raids are being carried out against big shots, and GST has been introduced."
When asked about how much offshore black money has returned, Ramdev said, "Peanuts. (Oont ke moonh mein jeera). The black money that came back was negligent. Our economy is very large. There is black money, 'block money', and there is too much unaccounted money in our internal economy. Government is trying to bring transparency."
The yoga guru, who runs a huge Patanjali FMCG empire, said, "the entire country is facing problems because of GST. Ninety per cent people do not know how to file GST returns. There is need for bringing awareness. Can anybody sitting here tell me what are Trans 1 and Trans 2 forms? The government must take a big initiative. It should tell traders how to fill up GST returns."
Asked whether the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has accepted his demand to remove GST on cow urine, Ramdev replied: "I had a talk with Jaitley Ji, he will remove it," said Swami Ramdev.
He praised the government for fixing MSP for kharif crops at one and a half times the actual cost, and introducing Rs 5 lakh medical insurance care for 10 crore poor families.