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'Want to be tough on tax, but coalition makes us relax'

chandigarh Updated: Aug 30, 2013 22:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Punjab finance minister

Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said on Friday that the 'coalition dharma' in the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine was coming in the way of enlarging the ambit of tax structure and plugging large-scale tax evasion in the state.

Interacting with Hindustan Times at Leaderspeak@HT programme, Dhindsa also conceded that some of the tough decisions aimed at broadening the tax structure had been put on hold due to the saffron alliance partner.

"I would like to have a broad-based tax structure. But there are lots of compulsions also while working in a coalition. We can generate much more revenue; lots of things were decided but withdrawn because of the coalition dharma," he said.

While asserting that Punjab's financial health was not gloomy as being alleged by the opposition Congress, Dhindsa hinted that he was open to the case for rationalisation of an array of subsidies which, according to economists, are bleeding the state finances.