Punjab govt flayed for hike in power, petrol, diesel prices

Several industrial organisations as well as the Congress have lambasted the state government for imposing a cess on petrol and diesel as well as other taxes during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening.
Updated on May 21, 2015 07:25 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, Ludhiana

Several industrial organisations as well as the Congress have lambasted the state government for imposing a cess on petrol and diesel as well as other taxes during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening.

Member of Parliament (MP) from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, stated that the state government has lost the moral right to remain in power and should cease to rule. He said that the taxes imposed by the government would burden the people to such an extent that they would feel frustrated.

Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu said, “Intellectual bankruptcy and gross misgovernance of Punjab government has finally started taking fatal toll on the financial sustainability of Punjab. The insensitive increase in the cess on petroleum products and electricity and properties to generate Rs 1,400 crore in a financial year will strangulate domestic as well as commercial budget of everyone,” said Ashu.

He said, “The unwise and predatory move by the Punjab government unveils its anti-people policies and scant regards for public pain and restlessness. Such a move is not only inflationary but will render many commercial enterprises unviable and will force them to close their businesses.”

Auto Parts Manufactures Association also condemned the decision of the state government. It stated that the government has also hiked the price of electricity. “This step has raised a big concern in the industrial sector. By imposing such taxes on different categories like fuel, power and property, the state government has passed on the burden of its own economic failure to the common man,” said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, the president of the association.

Kahlon said that imposition of Rs 5 for every Rs 100 of the value of power consumed bill as infrastructure development fee has also frustrated the industry as a whole and feel that the day is not so far away when the industry in state will migrate to the neighboring states.

Mohan Singh Bhambra, cashier of the association, said that by imposing Rs 1 as cess on petrol and diesel per litre, Punjab will have the highest rate of tax the petroleum products in the country.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam as the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44) reopens after it was closed following the landslide that occurred recently, at Samroli, in Udhampur on Friday. (ANI)

    Jammu-Srinagar national highway reopened, stranded vehicles allowed towards Kashmir

    Banihal/Udhampur/Jammu Hundreds of vehicles, stranded for four days, were allowed towards Kashmir on Friday night as one way was restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after freshly building a road stretch to replace the one washed away in flash floods, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said while all blockades were removed and traffic cleared, the major problem of washing away of the road patch at Dewal bridge near Samroli on June 21 took three-and-half-days to be cleared.

  • The cinema takes its name from the family that ran it.

    Delhiwale: This way to Golcha

    As part of our 'Walled City dictionary' series that explores the names of Old Delhi places. Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. Golcha cinema, in Daryaganj, is screening the digitally coloured version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam. The single-screen hall shut down six years ago (last movie screened was Kahani 2). Golcha came up in 1954. The theatre is now a ghost of its recent past.

  • The territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been selected by the ministry for external affairs (MEA) for G-20 meetings during the summit of the high-profile grouping to be hosted by India in 2023. (HT File Photo)

    Jammu and Kashmir to host G20 summit next year, 5-member panel formed

    The Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a five-member high-powered panel for overall coordination of G20 meetings to be held in the union territory next year. Acting upon a communique from the Union ministry of external affairs dated June 4, the principal secretary to the J&K government, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi accorded sanction for the constitution of the five-member panel.

  • NIA conducts searches in Jalalabad bomb blast case

    NIA conducts searches in Jalalabad bomb blast case

    The National Investigation Agency on Friday conducted searches at multiple locations in Punjab in the last year's Jalalabad bomb blast case. The NIA conducted searches at 6 locations in the districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Tarn Taran and digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs) , ammunition and other incriminating documents/materials were seized.

  • “For only the 2nd time since 1947, J&K will have no assembly members to vote in the Presidential poll. The last time this happened was during the dark days of the early 90s, 1992 to be precise,” tweeted former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah. (ANI File Photo)

    ‘Last time this happened in 1992’: Omar on Jammu and Kashmir assembly missing Prez poll

    Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said that after the Independence of the country, only for the second time assembly members from J&K can't take part in the presidential elections scheduled for next month. Earlier in 1992, when militancy was at its peak and J&K was under Governor's rule, the erstwhile state had no assembly then so legislators from J&K couldn't participate in the elections for the country's President.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 25, 2022