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Cong attacks HP govt for leasing land to Ramdev's Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust

Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP govt in Himachal Pradesh has decided to lease out 28 acres land to the Yogpeeth Trust at Rs 23.9 million as one-time concessional lease money for 99 years

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Former chief minister P K Dhumal (right) congratulates Jairam Thakur after the latter was chosen as the BJP's  legislature party leader, at a meeting in Shimla. Photo: PTI
File photo: Former chief minister P K Dhumal (right) congratulates Jairam Thakur after the latter was chosen as the BJP’s legislature party leader, at a meeting in Shimla. Photo: PTI

The has criticised Janata Party government in for its decision of restoring prime land near Sadhupul in district to guru Ramdev's Patanjali

The government in its cabinet meeting here Tuesday decided to lease out 28 acres land to the Trust at Rs 23.9 million as one-time concessional lease money for 99 years, according to a state revenue

Talking to Wednesday, senior Kaul Singh Thakur, who was in previous Virbhadra Singh-led government which cancelled the lease in 2013 initially executed by P K in 2011-12, accused the of providing "undue" benefit to

"The is providing undue benefit to for its open support to the BJP in the last by leasing out the valuable land to his Trust at a meagre lease money," said.

The former alleged that the was "selling out" state's interests by leasing out the valuable land at a "throwaway price".

Thakur government's decision of leasing out the prime land at a meagre amount will incur a huge loss to state exchequer, he added.

A said the state cabinet approved the lease amount of Patanjali Yog Peeth as per lease rules.

said that instead of deciding to restore the prime land to Ramdev's Trust, BJP government should have cancelled the lease as the Trust failed to deposit the revised lease amount despite repeated reminders by district administration.

Meanwhile, Deputy told that he had sent several notices to the Trust to deposit initial lease money of Rs 1.17 crore and sign the new lease agreement.

However, instead of depositing the amount, the Trust preferred to write to to provide the land at concessional rate, the revenue said.

Earlier, cancelling in 2013 the initial lease executed by the at Rs 1.7 million per year in 2011-12, then CM Virbhadra Singh alleged that the state cabinet had approved a different land but in reality the prime land at Sadhupul was transferred.

A case was also registered against Ramdev's close Bal Krishan, who had signed the lease on behalf of the Trust.

However, taking a U-turn in February 2017, the allegedly decided to restore the land to the Trust on the condition that a writ petition filed by the Trust should be withdrawn.

"Our government restored the land to the Trust considering the market value at that time," said.

As per the proposal, wants to set-up a herbal medicine farm-cum-Ayurveda medical research centre.

Following a fresh representation by the Trust, the decided to return the land to the Trust at Rs 2.39 crore one-time lease, the revenue said.

The cabinet restored the land with a discount of 20 per cent under section 8 (D) of Lease Rules. The Trust has been told to deposit Rs 2.22 crore as one time concessional lease money as it had already deposited Rs 17 lakh under earlier decision of the cabinet, the official added.

First Published: Thu, November 22 2018. 00:10 IST
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