Yoga guru turned businessman Ramdev on Tuesday said his FMCG venture Patanjali Ayurved is targetting to shore up its production to Rs 1 lakh crore by 2020.
“Patanjali has been registering 100 per cent 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 1 lakh crore by 2020,” Ramdev said at the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ event.
The aim is 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 production 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 demonetize higher denomintion notes, Ramdev said it was essential to continue taking further steps to check and prevent corruption and black money.
“Demonetization 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.
Admitting that demonetization 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.