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More MPs needed in northeast region for development: Kiren Rijiju


New Delhi: The prime reason behind the lack of development in the northeast region was the fewer number of MPs from here. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said while speaking at the Agenda Aaj Tak summit, on Friday.

The number of parliamentarians from states matter. We see other states like Uttar Pradesh having 80 MPs. This is not same with the northeast. The number of MPs from the northeast should increase, otherwise, the region won’t develop,

Citing changes in perception and analyzing the actual problems of the northeast as prime factors to make the region peaceful, Rijiju said ministers and officials need to visit the northeast more often to get a better understanding.

Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma, MP from Tura in Meghalaya, said the government needed to monitor the funding for the northeast in order to stop corruption.

Corruption has emerged one of the biggest problems in the northeast as there is an overflow of funds in the region and no one to monitor how it is being used,

He urged the central government to abolish several agencies through which the money was channelled to the region. (IANS)


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Patanjali targets will reach 1 Lakh Crore Production by 2020, says Yoga guru turned businessman Baba Ramdev

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New Delhi, Dec 6 : Yoga guru turned businessman Ramdev on Tuesday said his FMCG venture Patanjali Ayurved is targeting to shore up its production to Rs one lakh crore by 2020.

“Patanjali has been registering 100 percent growth for the last four years and this year too we have been growing at the same pace. Our target is to take our inhouse production to Rs 50,000 crore in the next two-three years and ultimately reach the target of Rs one lakh crore by 2020,” Ramdev said at the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ event here.

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The aim to end the hegemoney of international companies on the Indian economy, he said.

“Our imports consist of over Rs 25 lakh crore while another Rs 25 lakh crore is taken away by foreign companies. If we need to break this hegemoney and our dependence on foreign companies, we need in house prodcution of at least Rs.100 lakh crore. Our endeavour is to create and promote Indian entreprenurship,” said Ramdev.

While hailing the Narendra Modi government’s move to demonetise higher denomination notes, Ramdev said it was essential to continue taking further steps to check and prevent corruption and black money.

“Demonetisation has broken the back of terrorism and Naxalism (Maoism) as their entire funding was in black money. This move will effectively address the issue of black money. However, the government should continue to take further steps to ensure black money does not make a comeback to the system,” he said.

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Admitting that demonetisation has caused hardships for the common people, Ramdev said: “Maybe there was needed some more preparation for implementing the scheme but at the same time, it could have lead to leaking of information and the entire exercise would have failed.”

He also said that the government needed to reconsider its decision to introduce the Rs 2,000 notes. (IANS)

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