In a bid to reach out to yoga guru Ramdev who has threatened to go on hunger strike over blackmoney issue, the government has deputed a team of high ranking officials led by CBDT Chairman to brief him on the steps being taken by the Centre to deal with the menace. CBDT Chairman Sudhir Chandra along with other tax officials briefed Ramdev last week.
The revenue officials meet the Yoga Guru on Saturday and informed him about the various pro-active steps taken by the government and the difficulties being faced by it in bringing back the unaccounted money stashed in tax havens, a source in the Finance Ministry said.
“We told Ramdevji about the five-pronged strategy on black money and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, which will not only investigate but prosecute tax evaders,” the source said.
Since the fight of Ramdev is against black money, he said, the revenue officials took the initiative and met him.
“Black money falls in the domain of the revenue department, so the officials felt they should inform the Guru about government”s initiative and efforts,” the source said.
The meeting assumes significance, as the government had to yield to the demand of civil rights activist Anna Hazare who sat on fast unto death to press for his demand of a strong Lok Pal Bill to deal with corruption at high places.
The taxmen also informed Baba Ramdev about the legal obstacles in getting information from tax havens.
Ramdev has announced that he will hold a Satyagrah or mass movement against corruption at Ramlila Maidan here from June 4.