Harsimrat justifies imposition of cess on diesel, petrol in Punjab
Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, on Thursday, justified the Punjab government's decision to levy cess on consumers to mobilise additional revenue of Rs 1,400 crore annually. "To improve the infrastructure of the state, we can afford to impose tax on fuel and other services."
According to the announcement made by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the cess will be levied at Rs 1 per litre each on petrol and diesel, infrastructure development (ID) fee at Rs 5 for every Rs 100 of the value of electricity consumed (raising tariff by 35 paisa per unit) and ID fee at Rs 1 for every Rs 100 of the value of purchase of immovable property within Punjab.
The Bathinda MP, who got over with her two-day trip in Mansa, blamed the previous UPA government for all the wrongs in Punjab and kept praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching several financial schemes for the people of the state.
She criticised the UPA regime for making her ministry bankrupt and claimed that the central government is still recovering from that loss.
"The UPA government was so much in debt that we are still recovering and repaying the loan." She even said that Modi
has done India proud after his recent foreign trips.
The minister again hit out at Rahul Gandhi for the controversy around the food park in Amethi.
Reacting to a letter written by Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi on this issue to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, the food processing minister said lies are being spread to deflect the fact that there was no land in the name of SPV and it is being projected that the cancellation of Shaktiman mega food park at Amethi is due to any vendetta.
"If the food park has been cancelled it is only because of the inability of the promoters to fulfill the basic conditions despite 9 extensions in 3.5 years." The union minister, however, refrained to speak on the controversial statement of Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Singh Bhunder, who told party workers that indulging in drug-peddling due to poverty is not illegal.
Heavy rains continued to pound Mumbai and several other parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday leading to waterlogging, delay in train schedules and natural disasters. Landslides were reported from some areas as well. Three persons were injured in one of these landslides that happened in the Chunabhatti area. The Maharashtra government has asked officials to remain vigilant and take steps to avoid loss of lives in the metropolis and other rain-affected areas of the state.
To ensure that no private school violates the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions (Amendment) Act, 2019, and to redress complaints of parents and students with respect to fee hike, books and transportation charges, deputy commissioner Surabhi Malik on Wednesday constituted a seven-member district-level regulatory body under the chairmanship of Khanna additional deputy commissioner Amarjit Bains. Bains said no stone will be left unturned to implement provisions of the Act.
Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday said that the government would deliver on all the promises made in the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra before the 2022 assembly elections. The MGNREGA, he said, turned out to be a successful tool for job creation in villages. Further enumerating achievements, he said 50141 self-help groups had been set up under the UP State Rural Livelihood Mission.
The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert for Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts of western Maharashtra on Wednesday indicating extremely heavy rainfall and an orange alert for Mumbai till July 10, after heavy rains lashed various parts of the state. The low-pressure area now lies over Kutch and neighbourhood with the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid tropospheric levels tilting south westwards with height.
Raising hue and cry over erratic water supply and unscheduled power cuts, residents of Ambedkar Nagar in ward number 29 staged a protest outside councillor Prabhjot Kaur's office on Wednesday. As per the information, the residents at first went to protest outside the office of MLA (Ludhiana South) Rajinder Pal Kaur Chhina and then moved to the office of councillor stating that the municipal corporation has failed to resolve the issue despite repeated complaints.