New Delhi: In order to woo the farmers of the state during the upcoming assembly polls, the BJP government in Uttarakhand is all set to review the contract for providing medicinal herbals to Patanjali Mega Food Park – an ambitious project of Patanjali Yogapeeth headed by yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

Though the government has cited the low rate of herbals as the reason for review of the contract, Nishank government, which backed the yoga guru in his much-talked about protest against black money, is now wary of being seen on the same platform with the yoga guru ahead of the assembly polls.

The party is in no mood to hand over any opportunity to the opposition party Congress - Ramdev has been on loggerheads with Congress since the Ramlila Maidan crack down - to target the state government in the run to the polls.

Earlier, Nishank government had decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Patanjali Yogpeeth to sell the herbal products and had decided the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the products.

Yogpeeth had set the target to buy 1000 mt herbal products per year. Now the rate of the herbal is Rs 150 per kg in Yogpeeth, while other companies offer Rs 450 for the same. Therefore, farmers are not selling their products to the Yogpeeth.

Gauzing the political significance of the issue in the upcoming assembly polls, government is not in a mood to give a go ahead to the contract with Yogpeeth.

Commenting on the issue, Uttarakhand Agriculture Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “The farmers are free to sell their products anywhere they want. Government will not withdraw the contract with the Yogpeeth. Only a Coordination Committee will be formed between the government and the Patanjali.”

General Secretary of Yogpeeth Trust and Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Limited, Acharya Balkrishna said, “No agreement or MoU had been signed with government. Only MSP had been fixed. The government can revise the MSP. However, Yogpeeth buys product directly from the farmers as well as open market on higher rates.”

JPN/Bureau