Yog Guru Ramdev and spiritual leader Morari Bapu on Saturday extended their gratitude towards the Union State Minister of Information and Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Prime Minister Modi for waiving off taxes that were earlier levied on devotional channels by the government. On October 27, Union government relinquished the processing fee on account of live telecast of spiritual, devotional and yoga content.
"We want to thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod on behalf of the saint community for waiving off the taxes imposed by the government on devotional channels", Baba Ramdev said.
Echoing similar sentiments, Morarji Bapu, too, thanked the Prime Minister for the initiative.
Spokesperson of Patanjali Ayurved Limited, SK Tijarawala also thanked the government in his tweet:
Earlier on January 17, the Patanjali founder attacked the government for imposing a high tax on devotional channel telecast like Aastha, Arihant and Vedic etc.
“The government was demanding 1-1 lakh rupees from all of us. To which, we said that please don’t impose tax on sadhus and saints. You are religious people, you love your country, you follow religion but we hope to get free from it, because then if people want to hear or see any baba’s discourse live, baba would have to give One Lakh Rupees per day from his own pocket. A baba can’t afford so much money. The government wants Rs. 32 crore in total to show all channels like Aastha and Vedic.” said Ramdev.
He added that “it would be really shameful if we would have to give money even in the name of faith and I never expected such kind of behaviour from this government.”