Nagaland Chief Minister, TR Zeliang; Home Minister, Kuzholuzo Nienu along with Swami Ramdev, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Acharya Bal Krishnaji Maharaj, Patanjali Yogpeeth and N. Thomas Lotha, Advisor, HTE Nagaland after laying of the foundation stones on January 15. (DIPR Photo)
Ramdev accompanies Chief Minister in laying foundation stones for 5 colleges
DIMAPUR, JANUARY 15 (DIPR): Nagaland State Chief Minister, TR Zeliang today announced a slew of investments made by the Patanjali Group in the state, after laying foundation stones for an Engineering College in Niuland, a Para Medical & Nursing College, an Ayurvedic College, Management College and a National Institute of Fashion Technology in Punglwa, Peren.
Founder of Patanjali, a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company with estimated revenue of 1.7 billion US dollars, Swami Ramdev with close aide Bal Krishna Acharya were present during the programmes to announce these projects.
Ramdev earlier stated that his mission is to see all of India as a healthy, scientific and secular country. He added that Patanjali is a company which supports self-sustainability and is a non-profitable organisation. He impressed that “God is one and therefore our philosophy should be to bring out a good human being from fellow human beings.”
The Nagaland Chief Minister, while announcing the projects stated that the institution of Patanjali has become a household name in just about 12 years because its products have gained popularity across the country and beyond.
While appreciating Swami Ramdev and Acharya Bal Krishna for their noble gesture of investing in Nagaland for projects that are of utmost importance for the Nagas, Zeliang said that these projects would go a long way in bringing quality health care, jobs for the youths and an optional career in fashion etc.
He added that Nagaland has a population with 60% below the age of 25, who are hard-working and have the ability to dream. This initiative of the Government of Nagaland includes a model wherein the government will provide land and Patanjali will invest in the projects. The institutions, he said, have the potential to become centers of excellence not only in Nagaland but the entire North East. He also congratulated the Department of Higher and Technical Education for the initiatives.
Home Minister, Kuzholuzo Nienu, in his address stated that it is a record breaking day for laying foundation stones. He assured all possible government help for the endeavors. Nienu also quoted the words of Swami Ramdev, that, ‘work is worship’ and that the Patanjali Mission is to develop every nook and corner of the country.
Advisor, HTE, Thomas Lotha, who chaired the programme, in his speech meanwhile clarified that these projects have nothing to do with religion. He impressed the villagers to genuinely co-operate for the success of the project. He also announced that 30% will be selected from Punglwa and neighbouring villages for a tour programme to visit the Patanjali Company, for first-hand information and acquaintance.
The programme concluded with a folk dance by the Punglwa villagers. The vote of thanks was pronounced by CM Tsanglao, Secretary, Department of Higher and Technical Education.