From a Correspondent
HAMREN, Feb 8: Globally acknowledged herbal medicine connoisseur and Chief Executive Officer of Ayurvedic giant Patanjali conglomerate, Acharya Balkrish ji on Wednesday announced at Diphu that his organization would invest Rs 500 crore initially to promote medicil plants and herbal products in forest-rich Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong. He also announced that his organization would establish a world-class educatiol centre and a hospital with learning facility here for the welfare of the tribal population.
After holding an official meeting with the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’s top brass in presence of the Chief Executive Member Tuliram Ronghang and his executive committee members and departmental heads on Monday, Balkrish ji told media persons that except scientists and technical heads, each and every job would be given to the local youths.
“We are offering government land particularly in inter-state and inter-district borders, also in some specified areas, for the cultivation of medicil plants and herbal products to Patanjali. This will help the unemployed youths and it is also be advantageous for saving the environment. Besides, the commercial production of these cash crops will be a source of revenue for the council,” said KAAC CEM Tuliram Ronghang who was present during the press briefing.
“KAAC and Patanjali are at the early stage of this venture, land will be made available by the council authority and Patanjali will extend all technical help and necessary investment to the local farmers and buy back the produce at maximum supportive price, and the purchase point will be within the contact of the growers. The company will also embark on large-scale cultivation. We are also sending some proposal to the State and Union governments for joint venture,” said Jotin Sharma, Divisiol Forest Officer of West Karbi Anglong, to this correspondent.
Scope for establishing public-private partnership form of school and medical centre has also been mooted in the official meeting between the team of Patanjali led by its CEO and the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, where the ratio of normal investment has been discussed to be 33: 67 per cent. In this type of school, administration and magement will be of Patanjali.