DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand assembly’s two-day session beginning Monday is likely to be stormy with the Opposition Congress planning to corner the BJP government on “skewed” liquor policy, hike in prices of the subsidised ration for the poor and its stand on corruption.
“This government’s so called zero tolerance on corruption has reduced to a slogan. Its liquor policy has rendered thousands unemployed and the poor are having a tough time since it hiked the prices of the subsidised ration,” Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh told a press conference here.
“We will raise these issues on the floor of the House,” she added.
Hridayesh said the Opposition would make a disclosure on a BJP leader threatening a Congress leader and seeking bribe after this year’s assembly election. “We will raise this issue in the House and also handover a copy of the CD, showing the BJP leader asking for bribes, to the Speaker,” she said.
The Opposition was studying the Draft State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Bill to be tabled in the assembly during its two-day session, Hridayesh, a former finance minister said.
She warned that if the latest provisions incorporated into the SGST Bill were not found to be “people friendly” or “went against the traders’ interests”, the Opposition would “vociferously” take it up in the assembly.
Hridayesh also hit out at the Trivendra Rawat government for its decision to raise prices of the subsidised ration for the Above Poverty Line (APL) families. According to officials more than 10,000 APL families covered under the State Food Security Act (SFSA) would now have to pay more to secure their quota of ration. Another 62 lakh APL families in the state are covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
She claimed that the previous Congress government had ensured that the APL families not covered under NFSA got subsidised ration under the SFSA. “However, they are having a tough time now as the government doubled the prices of the subsidised rice and wheat,” she said, claiming that they “have also not been able to access the subsidised sugar” after its supply was stopped by the BJP regime.
She also alleged that the “skewed liquor policy” of the current dispensation has rendered thousands of people jobless in the state’s four districts, where Rawat government has banned liquor. “They were hired by restaurateurs and hotel owners to serve liquor to guests at bar counters,” Hridayesh claimed.
“Conversely, this government recently moved the Supreme Court urging it to allow sale and consumption of liquors in the nine hill districts on the lines of the Northeast states,” she added.
Hridayesh alleged that the BJP government’s policy of zero tolerance on corruption has reduced to a mere slogan.“That is evident from the fact that the CBI probe the government had recommended into the Rs 500-crore NH-74 scam has got nowhere,” she added.