Has Ramdev Been Allotted Land In J&K? Govt says No

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SRINAGAR: J&K Government on Friday had to issue clarification that no land has been transferred to Hindu Yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, to run his controversial Patanjali unit in state.

The development came after some news portals ran flashes that PDP-BJP government has transferred at least 160 kanals of land to controversial Patanjali at Vijaypur in Samba district of Jammu division.

The land was said to be allotted to Ramdev to set up its Patanjali unit in the J&K.

The reports added that the land transfer case was pending at civil secretariat for the last two months following some legal formalities, however, no news website revealed sources of such a development.

The reports said that the formal orders of allotment were issued on Thursday and added that the land has been allotted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

They added the land transfer case was pending at civil secretariat for the last two months following some legal formalities.

Ramdev, who is seen to be aligned with BJP, established the Patanjali Ayurved Limited in 2006 along with Acharya Balkrishna “with the objective of establishing science of Ayurveda in accordance and coordination with the latest technology and ancient wisdom”. Patanjali Food and Herbal Park at Haridwar is the main production facility operated by Patanjali Ayurved.

However, sensing trouble, the ruling coalition instantly reacted and denied such media reports of allotting land to the Patanjali group for setting up plant in Samba district of Jammu.

“I haven’t seen any file of the Patanjali group. Any group  intending to set up plant has to first submit Detailed Project Report (DPR). The Pitanjali group has not submitted it,” commissioner/secretary industries and commerce Shailendra Kumar told Greater Kashmir.

Deputy Commissioner Sheetal Nanda also termed the media report as ‘baseless’. “The district administration has to acquire the land to be given to any industrial unit. We have not received any such proposal from the government for acquiring any piece of land,” said the DC.

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