Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Yog Guru Ramdev procured Land at throw away prices

Written by Anil Singh

Baba Ramdev may have put the Central Government on one foot; with his crusade against corruption and billions of dollars Indian black money stashed in Swiss Bank; but all is not white in Baba’s own house as well.

According to a Tribune Exclusive, Yog Guru Baba Ramdev is a “Big landlord” who owns huge tracts of land, that includes 261.468 hectares (644 acres) , worth hundreds of crores at the current market rate, around his yoga headquarters in Haridwar. The land was allotted by the BJP regimes in Uttarakhand, twice in 2008 and once in 2010. In 2008, Major General (retired) BC Khanduri was the chief minister of Uttarakhand.

Besides this, additional land has been procured in adjacent areas by Baba Ramdev himself directly from the villagers ‘with the help of authorities’.

What makes this procurement and allotment shocking is the fact that most of this land is mired by allegations that the farmers had been forced to part with the land at a very low price; much lower than the market rate. At some places, Ramdev’s men had allegedly occupied the land in an unauthorised manner, but later have to vacate it under political pressure from the opposition parties.

Many Acres of Ramdev’s realty

 In 2008, vide the government order letter no. 56/18(1)/07 dated July 7, 2008, 50 hectares land was given to Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust in Aurangabad, Shivdaspur, Teliwala, Shantarshah and Bahadrapur for “Panchkarm Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing research laboratory”.

 In less than a month, vide the government order letter no. 139/18(1)/07 dated August 8, 2008, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust was again given 56.468 hectares land at Mustafabad for “medicine manufacturing and research”.

 Two years later, 155 hectare land was again given to the yoga guru’s Patajanli University and Yogapeeth Trust in Aurangabad, Shivdaspur and Teliwala vide letter no. 57/XVIII (II)/10 dated February 26, 2010.

 Much of the land was either community land or gram panchayat land. The panchayats were not consulted before the allotment of the land by the Haridwar district authorities.

Click Here to Read the Tribune Exclusive story.

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