Tribune News Service
Amritsar, November 24
A day after the conclusion of a two-day tour of AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal to the poll-bound state, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh questioned the economic viability of freebies being promised by political events forward of the Assembly election.
He didn’t even spare his occasion’s authorities, as he mentioned the announcement made by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to cap cable TV costs at Rs 100 monthly was not virtually attainable as TRAI had mounted the speed at Rs 130. However, he swiftly added that Channi’s efficiency was higher than former CM Capt Amarinder Singh.
“In 2017, I launched within the Cabinet the Punjab Entertainments Taxes Bill to finish the monopoly of the cable mafia and to offer cheaper cable connections to individuals,” he mentioned. The PCC chief mentioned his Punjab mannequin was “coverage based mostly” and aimed toward offering reduction from monopolies. “Sops will empty the state exchequer and kill livelihoods,” he mentioned.
Addressing mediapersons after the inauguration of developmental initiatives in his Assembly constituency right here on Wednesday, Sidhu additionally hit out at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal over the announcement of offering Rs 1,000 per lady. He mentioned, “A easy calculation will expose whether or not it’s sensible or not. For occasion, offering 26 lakh jobs will imply an expenditure of Rs 93,000 crore, giving Rs 1,000 per lady will value Rs 12,000 crore and two-kilowatt free energy provide will value Rs 3,600 crore. When taken collectively, all these freebies will value Rs 1.10 lakh crore. The complete finances of Punjab stands at Rs 72,000 crore. From the place will Kejriwal carry the remainder of the cash?”
He mentioned there was an enormous distinction between Delhi and Punjab. Delhi is a self-sufficient state whereas Punjab is below debt of Rs 7 lakh crore.
Freebies will empty coffers
My Punjab mannequin is ‘coverage based mostly’ and goals at offering reduction from monopolies. Sops will empty the state coffers and kill livelihoods. Navjot Singh Sidhu, PCC chief