The promoter of Patanjali group, Yoga guru Ramdev, has been invited by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government to set up an MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) unit in Ausa village in Latur district in Marathwada region, which was originally reserved for a Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) plant.
“For an MSME project, you can avail 100 per cent waiver of stamp duty followed by relief in electricity duty for a certain period. The electricity charges will also have Rs one per unit relaxation along with refund in GST as per the state policy,” Maharashtra Chief Minister stated in an invitation letter dated June 26.
“Though it is not yet decided what kind of plant Patanjali may set up in Ausa, but most anticipated unit could be a soybean processing as Latur is a major market of the agriculture commodity for trading, and there are already two major processing units in the same district. It is possible that Patanjali may come up with a similar plant,” Hindustan Times quoted an official, as saying.
The land in Ausa tehsil was reserved for the BHEL almost a decade ago by former chief minister and Congress leader late Vilasrao Deshmukh, who held Heavy Industries portfolio in Centre. However, the plant was never set up.