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Choudhry flays Khattar cabinet's decisions

punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2014 20:47 IST
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Terming chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar's regime as a "roll-back" government, the Haryana Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry on Wednesday flayed the cabinet decisions which, she held, were anti-farmer, anti-poor and anti-employee.

Reacting to the cabinet's decision to hike value-added tax (VAT) on diesel, she said it was anti-farmer, anti-people and inflationary, taken under pressure from the petroleum lobby in Punjab.

"While the farmers will have to pay more for farm inputs, the cost of living will go up as a result of the inflation moving in tandem with the hike in diesel prices," she said in a release.

Choudhry said as the excise and taxation minister in the previous Congress government, she had not allowed VAT to be increased on diesel knowing the overall impact it would have on the prices which would head north.

Also, she said, the decision to roll back the age of retirement of government employees from 60 years to 58 reflected the anti-employee stand of the BJP government, besides, for the class-4 employees and persons with disabilities, the retirement age had been lowered to 60 from 62 years.

"Is it the beginning of the 'achhe din' promised by the BJP in the run-up to the polls," she asked.

Contrary to the claims, the first month of the BJP government in office had been marked by anti-people decisions and a spate of reversals born out of vendetta, she said.