New Delhi: While the Centre has taken a number of calibrated measures aimed at easing the pressure on the common man, its decision to ban the old currency notes of Rs 500 and 1000 has still affected some families organising weddings this season.
Interestingly, noted yoga guru and Patanjali Ayurved founder Baba Ramdev, who has strongly backed the Centre's decision to ban the old currency to curb black money, has a humorous take on prevailing economic situation in the country.
In an interview to a leading TV news channel, Ramdev admitted that a little delay in implementing the demonetisation decision would not have affected several families.
“There are many bachelors in BJP who did not realise that it was wedding season, that was the mistake,” Ramdev said.
Baba Ramdev further said “If the government had done this around 15 days or one month later, then the weddings wouldn’t have been affected.”
Ramdev's response left the audience in splits. However, he was quick to say that it is a bold decision and aimed at curbing the menace of black money.
Listing out other benefits of the demonetisation decision, the yoga guru said that it has stopped the practice of dowry.
“One good thing that has come out of all this…people cannot demand dowry now,” the Yoga guru said amid thunderous applause from the audience.
On November 8, the Narendra Modi government announced its decision to withdraw currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in an unprecedented move aimed at weeding out a huge amount of black money circulating in the country.
Within first 10 days of its implementation, the demonetisation move evoked a mixed response from the countrymen, with the majority supporting it and a small section including a few opposition parties voicing serious concerns over it.
However, the central government, Finance Ministry and the RBI has since taken several corrective measures to help the common man and tweaked the cash deposit and withdrawal rules.