Yoga guru Ramdev and his associate Balakrishna Sunday met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow and expressed interest in investing in the state’s Bundelkhand region.
During the meeting, which took place at the CM’s official residence, Ramdev expressed his desire to set up a food processing plant in Bundelkhand along the lines of that in Uttarakhand. Sources said Ramdev will purchase the land and sought cooperation from the state government in executing other modalities required for the setting up of the plant.
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The government’s official spokesperson said Ramdev sought cooperation with the development of a herbal park on the land that belongs to UP Irrigation Department in Haridwar and suggested that herbs like aloe vera, gooseberry, and vegetables like peas, tomato along with wheat and several varieties of fruits could be cultivated in areas around the check dams in Bundelkhand region.
Ramdev said villagers in Bundelkhand will benefit from the plant and will be given training in Haridwar for better yield of crops. Irrigation Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, political pension minister Rajendra Chaudhary, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan and Principal Secretary for Irrigation Deepak Singhal also attended the meeting.
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While Ramdev invited the CM to visit his factory, the latter directed Ranjan and Singhal to frame a detailed policy to facilitate investors for Bundelkhand.