[ecis2016.org] Opposition parties in Maharashtra have alleged that the government has allotted 230 acres of land to Patanjali Ayurved Limited for a food park, in the non-SEZ area of MIHAN, at a loss of Rs 209 crores to the exchequer
Opposition parties, Congress and the NCP, on December 14, 2017, targeted the BJP-led Maharashtra government for giving 230 acres of land to Patanjali Ayurved Limited, for a food park in the non-SEZ area of MIHAN at a ‘throw-away price’, alleging a loss of Rs 209 crores to the exchequer.
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Sanjay Dutt of the Congress, through a calling-attention motion in the state legislative council, asked how the government could give 230 acres of land at a concessional rate to yoga guru Ramdev, founder of Patanjali Group.
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Concessions are given for social causes, small scale industry and schemes for backward classes. However, the CEO of Patanjali is the ‘eighth richest businessman’ in the country, Dutt alleged. It shows that this government is for the rich people, the Congress MLC said, alleging that the grant of land to Patanjali caused a loss of Rs 209 crores to the government. The land, which was worth Rs 268 crores, was given for around Rs 58 crores, Dutt alleged, seeking to know the rationale for this concession.
General Administration Department minister Madan Yerawar, in a reply to Dutt, said that the piece of land at the Multi-Modal International Hub Airport (MIHAN) project, was reserved for a food park and a global tender had been issued for it. “Tenders were issued three times, as there were only two bidders in the first two rounds,” the minister said, adding that in the third round, Patanjali was the only bidder.
The whole procedure was transparent, Yerawar claimed. Congress and NCP members also sought to know how much money the government spent, on the construction of an approach road for the land.
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