Govt not to give Haffkine land to pvt cos

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Nagpur, Nov 26 (UNI) The State Government will not give Haffkine Institute's 65 acres of land in Pune to any private company, Minister of State for Food and Drugs Administration Baba Siddiki told the Maharashtra Legislative Council today.

Replying to a calling attention motion from Madhukar Chavan (BJP) and others, Mr Siddiki refuted the allegation that the Government had put a condition to Haffkine Institute that it would be given ownership rights over the land only after it entered into a joint venture with Reliance Industries.

There was no such condition and the land would remain with Haffkine Institute, Mr Siddiki said.

The Minister, however, sought time from Deputy Chairman Vasant Davkhare, who was in the chair at that time, to reply to another question on whether the Government would bring out a resolution (GR) transferring ownership of the 65-acre land to Haffkine Institute.

Mr Davkhare asked Mr Siddiki to place his statement in the House in a day or two.

Earlier, Mr Chavan said that Haffkine Institute had drawn up a modernisation plan, needing an expenditure of Rs 100 crore. The Institute had demanded Rs 50 crore from the State Government while it would itself raise the remaining Rs 50 crore, he said.

The Institute could not seek this amount from banks unless it transferred the land's ownership, Mr Chavan said.

Mr Siddiki informed that the Government had received a proposal from Haffkine Institute asking for Rs 50 crore. The Institute had been asked to come up with a concrete proposal, he added.

UNI

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