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Ramdev assures Rs 1,000 cr business to U’khand govt

“Patanjali and the government are moving towards an understanding to promote herbal farming and revival of traditional farming with required value addition. The details of the ‘understanding’ will be chalked out in a month and the chief minister will review it,” the yoga guru said.

dehradun Updated: Jul 26, 2017 20:41 IST
Anupam Trivedi
Ramdev addresses the media in Dehradun on Wednesday. The yoga guru is flanked by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Patanjali managing director Acharya Balkrishna.
Ramdev addresses the media in Dehradun on Wednesday. The yoga guru is flanked by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Patanjali managing director Acharya Balkrishna.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

DEHRADUN: Yoga guru Ramdev assured the Uttarakhand government of Rs 1,000 crore annual business as a ‘buyback’ offer for sourcing the produce of the farmers in the hill state.

After a meeting with chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the yoga guru said the government and Patanjali are close to reach a formal understanding for a long time association in farming and yoga.

“We are committed to promote Uttarakhand as an organic and herbal state. We are working on buy back model that will give Rs 1,000 crore (annual) business to farmers,” Ramdev told the media after holding a meeting with Rawat and his officials.

Ramdev added that he had a valuable discussion with the Uttarakhand representatives.

“Patanjali and the government are moving towards an understanding to promote herbal farming and revival of traditional farming with required value addition. The details of the ‘understanding’ will be chalked out in a month and the chief minister will review it,” he added.

The Ramdev promoted Patanjali runs a food park in the outskirts of Haridwar. Ramdev shares cordial ties with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Before Wednesday’s meeting, Ayush minister Harak Singh Rawat held talks with Ramdev’s associate and Patanjali managing director Acharya Balkrishna.

Ramdev added that he plans to open a world class cow shelter and dairy facility in association with the state government.

After assuming office in March, Rawat has been desperate to find ways to showcase development works particularly in the hilly areas. With Patanjali likely to double up as a buyer of herbal and farm produce, the Uttarakhand government seems to have a find a solution in a single stroke.

Patanjali will cooperate in five sectors of organic farming, herbs, branding and marketing of coarse cereals, establishment of Ayush villages in state and opening of a cow shelter, Rawat said. “We strongly feel our association with Patanjali will be a game changer. The government will not hesitate in taking bold steps, he said, adding that the government will make necessary arrangements with Patanjali once officials are done with the plan.

Ramdev calls for boycott of Chinese products

On the backdrop of India-China border standoff over Doklam, Ramdev said it was the high time that New Delhi strongly maintains its position on Doklam. China will be affected once Indians boycott Chinese products, he said.

The yoga guru said the Chinese firms are earning to the tune of Rs 25 lakh crore from the domestic market. Ramdev, who has been batting for ‘Swadesi’ products, demanded a boycott of Chinese products. “India should continue to maintain its position over Doklam and Indians have to completely boycott Chinese products...,” he said.