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Baba Ramdev expects Patanjali employees to work for free, claims former CEO
With sales over Rs 10,000 crore in the last financial year, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali has emerged as one of the biggest brands in India in recent times.

However, it seems that even the fringe benefits of Patanjali's success have not been reaching its hard working and dedicated employees, who too have played a major role in the brand's remarkable rise.

In an interview with Mint, former CEO of Patanjali, SK Patra, made a few interesting revelations.

"Patanjali pay very little to the people who work for them. Babaji (Baba Ramdev) calls it 'seva'. For instance, I was doing two jobs there – at Patanjali Ayurved and Patanjali Food Park. They had promised to pay for both. But he would announce to everyone that 'Patraji has come to do seva. Right now he is drawing salary, but soon, he won't even take that…" Patra was quoted by Mint as saying.

However, ironically, Patra, who's an IIT and IIM alumnus, did not want to do seva and demanded money for the services he had been providing.

Patra further goes on to say, "I used to respond, 'No, I want money.'… I said I don't need it for myself. I have a family. I need money for my family, to support them and my relatives. Then Babaji relented and gave me a salary for one of the two jobs that I was performing. But basically his argument was – I have to offer free seva to his host of companies."

According to Patra, he left the company due to differences between their words and deeds.

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