Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal seems unhappy with 9.5-years-long rule of state government


Perhaps Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) state secretary, Mohinder Aggarwal.
photo: city air news

Ludhiana, September 4, 2016: Perhaps Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) is unhappy with the 9.5-years-long rule of the SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab. This is why that it has started raising its voice against the policies of the ruling government in the state, alleging that the policies of the state government are “anti-industry” and “anti-trade”, resulting to which a significant number of industrial units are shifting to other states.
Interacting with ‘City Air News’, the PPBP state secretary Mohinder Aggarwal told that the state government claimed of providing as many as 232 services under sewa Kendra. However, the situation was that no work was done without bribing the money, as a widespread corruption prevailed at these sewa Kendra.
He further told that the state government was spending crores of rupees on advertisements for propagating its achievements and on the other hand the trade and industry was suffering due to lack of the facilities. Had the state government spent this huge amount on rendering better services to the trade and industry then the situation would have been something different, resulting to which economy of the state would have been reflecting something better picture.
Aggarwal further said that there was surplus power worth Rs.2700 crore in Punjab, which was being sold to other state at about Rs.4 per unit. He said had the state government acted wisely then it would have supplied this power to those industrial units which were almost dead to revive them for giving a boost to the state’s economy and ensuing employment generation in the state.
He said the sales tax (ST) Department of Punjab was the most “corrupt” department. He added had this not been there then about 62,000 dealers would not have surrendered their VAT numbers in the last 9.5 years rule of the present state government. He said the situation was so grim that about 75 percent of the industrial units from Mandi Gobind have shifted out of Punjab. Even big industrial houses were expanding their units in the states including Bihar, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand instead of Punjab.
Further criticising the functioning of the Sales Tax officials, Aggarwal told that earlier the officials dealing with regular assessment used to visit the shops but not Mobile Wing officials too have started going to the shops whereas the latter were supposed to detect sales tax evasions, if any, during transportation of the goods on the way. When objected to this practice, the officials replied that they have orders from their high-ups to do so. He said the state government must check this practice immediately otherwise it would have to pay a heavy price in the forthcoming assembly elections next year.
On the GST issue, he told that the state government had not held any meeting with the stakeholders so far. He said there was provision of prosecution in the GST Act. He said the state government had the power to abolish this provision, adding therefore, the state government should abolish this provision as it had done in the VAT Act. He pointed out that such provisions were not in the larger interest of the traders. He said the state government must keep in mind that the traders were not the “criminals”.
Further, on the issue of “C” forms, he told that the state government was failing in getting these forms available online despite several promises. He said these forms were made available online for only two quarters and later on these forms were made available offline only, which leads to corrupt practices. He asserted that the state government should fulfill its promise of making these forms online at the earliest possible time.
He also regretted that the state government was adopting different policies for urban and rural people. On one hand, the state government was providing Rs.6000 crore power subsidy to the farmers and on the other side it was doing nothing for the traders in the urban areas.

Sunday, September 4, 2016