No softening of stand against Fastway’s cable operations: Navjot Sidhu
“I will make disclosures relating to Fastway on Saturday,” said Sidhu.punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2017 09:34 IST
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday announced that he had not softened his stand against the operations of Fastway cable company which indulged in wrong practices leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees to the state exchequer by ‘evasion of taxes’. Sidhu was speaking to the media after flagging off eight fire tenders to be given to local civic bodies in eight different assembly constituencies. Ten days ago, he had flagged off 11 such tenders.
He added that the fire directorate that was in the works to deal with fire-related exigencies and other calamities will get new fire tenders, trained drivers and firemen. Sidhu added that except the Mohali municipal corporation, no other civic body had the facility to deal with a high-rise fire incident.
“The department will provide state-of-the-art fire tenders at a cost of between Rs 4 crore and Rs 8 crore for big corporation cities. This kind of infrastructure is needed to deal with emergency situations in a high-rise building,” he said.
‘New disclosures on Fastway on Saturday’
“I will make disclosures relating to Fastway on Saturday,” said Sidhu, when queried on the issue.
A week back, Sidhu upping the ante against the Punjab government and sought audit of operations of Fastway Cable Company for past ten years, claiming that it had usurped government taxes worth Rs 20,000 crore.
He had also demanded that the state council of ministers issue an Ordinance to give the state local bodies department the power of the excise department to audit tax evasion. After a cabinet meeting on the issue, he had retracted from these comments.
Sidhu flagged off fire tenders in the presence of technical education and industrial training minister Charanjit Singh Channi, MLAs Kuljit Singh Nagra, Harminder Singh Gill, Sunder Sham Arora, Rajinder Singh, Dharampal Agnihotri and former minister Inderjit Singh Zira, to the civic bodies of Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahar, Samana, Tarn Taran, Patti, Sirhind, Zira and Chamkaur Sahib.