AAP releases manifesto, vows to end liquor mafia in Punjab, promises tax relief

A Special Investigation Team will be set up to unearth alleged collection of "goonda tax" through Akali-BJP and Congress collusion, the AAP manifesto said.

By: PTI | Ludhiana | Updated: October 23, 2016 6:34 pm
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The AAP on Sunday promised to dismantle liquor mafia, end the “raid-raj” and introduce a slew of incentives to “revive” trade and industry in Punjab, including tax holidays for some sectors, if it is voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections. After its manifestoes for the youth and farmers, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal released its manifesto for trade industry and transport sectors which also vowed to provide a transparent tax regime, “lower” tax rates and eliminate “sand mafia” in the state.

A Special Investigation Team will be set up to unearth alleged collection of “goonda tax” through Akali-BJP and Congress collusion, the AAP manifesto said.

AAP, which is eyeing to wrest power from SAD-BJP regime, also promised revival of sick units through a series of measures.

The measures included a two-year tax holiday, special package to bring back industry that had “fled” the state, 10-year tax holiday for agro-based food processing industry and five-year tax holiday for women to encourage women entrepreneurs.

The AAP had earlier released youth and farmers’ manifesto.

Besides, AAP in its manifesto also promised that trade, industry and transport sectors will be made “corruption free” while ‘inspector Raj’ and ‘raid Raj’ will be eliminated and no alleged “goonda tax” will be allowed to be imposed in the state.

Alleged “liquor mafia” will be dismantled and replaced with an alternative system that provides equal opportunity and generates employment and “control of politicians and their henchmen will be ended in the liquor business”, it said.

Self-certification regime for all NOCs and consents in businesses will be implemented.

“Tax regime will be simplified and made transparent
while VAT and other taxes will be reduced on Delhi pattern. In five years, Punjab will have the lowest tax rate, one time settlement of pending tax related cases and VAT refund will be expedited,” it said.

Punjab goes to polls early next year.

“In order to end alleged harassment of ‘rehriwalas’ and ‘fariwallahs’, spaces will be earmarked in every city for creation of ‘rehri’ markets and week-end flea markets,” it said.

“Electricity tariff will be substantially reduced by nailing corruption and enabling optimum efficiency of systems while anti-Punjab power agreements with private power plants will be reviewed and those responsible for burdening the people of the state will be punished,” manifesto said.

On transport sector, AAP said it will be “depoliticised”.

“AAP government will snatch bus permits from the Badals, top politicians of the SAD-BJP, Congress and others who have (allegedly) procured them through fraudulent means and will be given to unemployed youth, ex-servicemen, handicapped persons, terrorist victims, and victims of 1984 anti-Sikh violence,” it said.

AAP said there will be elimination of alleged “Reta-Bajri (sand and gravel)” mafia in Punjab and mining licences will be given to young entrepreneurs.

“Revival of sick units in Mandi Gobindgarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Batala, Pathankot, Nangal, Bathinda and all other industrial towns will be ensured in a time-bound manner through a series of measures, including two-year tax holiday. Special package to bring back industry that fled the state,” it said.

To kickstart industrial revival, un-utilised lands in under-developed industrial estates, growth centres and focal points will be allotted to industry at affordable rates and or at lease, it said.

“A new industrial township with special incentives will be developed in Ropar to kickstart state-of-the-art environment-friendly IT and other industry to generate employment in the backward Kandi belt adjoining Himachal Pradesh,” the manifesto said.

“Unauthorised colonies will be regularised and they will be provided all basic facilities, including sewerage within a mandated period. Real Estate sector will be revived by a series of incentives, review of stamp duty, EDC (External Development Charges), CLU (Change of Land Use) and other charges,” it said.

A comprehensive real estate policy will review distortion of master plans and revive the housing sector in consultation with all stakeholders, it said adding that uniformity in regulations and coordination between all government development agencies, like PUDA (Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority), GLADA (Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority), GMADA (Greater Mohali Area Development Authority), Improvement Trusts, Municipal Corporations etc will be ensured.

Truck business will be freed from alleged “corruption and harassment” by DTOs and police through “unnecessary” checking of vehicles will cease within two weeks of forming the government, it said adding “control of politicians in truck unions will be ended.”

“Heavy toll tax” charged by private companies in alleged “collusion with Akali-BJP, Congress politicians will be investigated, reviewed and rationalized and no toll plazas on roads other than highways will be allowed.”

If AAP forms the next government in Punjab it will press for removal of all toll plazas of NHAI on Jalandhar-Amritsar and Ropar-Anandpur Sahib section due to their status as holy cities in accordance with the Centre’s policy to remove selective toll plazas, it said.

Small retailers will be protected from FDI in retail and mega malls. A special cell will look into complaints of alleged harassment of and extortion from rice sheller owners, artiyas, jewellers, and small retailers by food inspectors, police, taxation officials etc, it promised.

Religious, heritage and industrial tourism will be encouraged with liberal tax incentives to hotels and related industry. Exhibition halls will be set up in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala in PPP-model, it said.

Social security for tax-paying small and medium businessmen and traders who suffer losses and face insolvency will be provided.

While there will be zero-toleration on food adulteration, systems will be put in place to check unfair harassment of retailers and testing laboratories for food safety will be set up in all districts, AAP said.

Besides Kejriwal, among others present on the occasion included AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, state unit convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi, H S Phoolka and youth leader Harjot Bains.

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    IML sood
    Oct 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    This cheater Khujli after hoodwinking people's of Delhi where his party proved a great flop now trying the same trick with these false promises in company of street singers.People of Panjab are wise enough not to fall in his trap by his record in Delhi. He is just finding some place to hide after his party's failure and rising people's anger against Aaptards in Delhi.How can he fool the people again only except a few gutters slave pigs.
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      Tony
      Oct 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm
      1st solve Delhi VAT issue
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        Tony
        Oct 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm
        Arvind Kejriwal. .. A very expensive experiment for Delhi.
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          Tony
          Oct 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm
          lt;br/gt;AK has lost his mind. He has ruined NCR and is trying to ruin Punjab, Goa and Gujarat.
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            Tony
            Oct 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm
            आरटीआई की मानें तो सरकार खुद मान रही है उसने डेढ़ साल में कई लाइसेंस बांटें. दरअसल जिसमें ये पूछा गया था कि आखिरकार केजरीवाल सरकार ने 15 फरवरी 2015 से 5 जुलाई 2016 तक कितनी दुकानों को शराब के नए लाइसेंस दिए. साथ ही ये भी पूछा गया कि दिल्ली में कितने रेस्टोरेंट को बार के लिए लाइसेंस दिए गए, जिसके बाद जवाब में पता चला कि पिछले डेढ़ साल में केजरीवाल सरकार ने 72 दुकानों को शराब का लाइसेंस दिया, वहीं 217 रेस्टोरेंट को बार लाइसेंस दिया यानी 289 के करीब शराब के लाइसेंस बांट गए.
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              abhay
              Oct 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm
              Bhagwan bachaye Punjab wasion ko. Aur akel de is fraud se dur rahne me.
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                Amit
                Oct 23, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                Apart from Delhi issues, AAP can solve all other problems.
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                  Arvind
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm
                  No doubt Arvind Kejriwal is honest sincere and non-corrupt politicians but lacks wisdom which is necessary in politics and specially when he is CM of Delhi, a capital of India.The present impression of AK is that he hungry for power than giving a good Governance to the people of Delhi.Had he concentrated more in good governance in Delhi it would have been cake walk in up coming embly election in Punjab and Goa,His condition now like a rolling stone which gathers no m.
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                    Rajdeep Singh
                    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                    Aap is addressing to all sections seriously. They have done their homework . Very exciting prospect for Punjab. Last 20 years Punjab has declined unabatedly. Akalies have been worst people to rule. We desperately need change
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                      guru592006
                      Oct 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                      Whom he is fooling? Under GST regime, we will have single tax regime across the country.
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                        L bhadrapati Devi
                        Oct 23, 2016 at 11:47 am
                        Either materialize or not AAP should announce one family one govt job to woo the voters. Also free electricity and water for farmers without any cess.
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                          Intolerant Logic80
                          Oct 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                          WHY ie is not allowing us to share this fools freebies on SM?
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                            Intolerant Logic80
                            Oct 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm
                            Yes, it was a historic result, but swattered away by AAP. AAP is like a beggar who wins 1 million $ lottery, but does not know how to use it. He will lose it and then wish to win another lottery for rest of his life.
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                              Ashok Mazumdar
                              Oct 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                              This Manifesto reading by All Political Parties will take at least 3 months to understand and React.
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                                Manohar Sharma
                                Oct 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                                What AAP (An Anti-national Party) of stan did for Delhi? People of Delhi are cursing themselves in electing this Anti-National Party. Even Supreme Court has reprimanded AAP Government for their malfunctioning. Shame on Kanjriwal.
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                                  Manohar Sharma
                                  Oct 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                                  Winning of 67 seats has gone over the head of Kanjriwal. He lost his mental balance.
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                                    paul
                                    Oct 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                                    Kejriwal, a LIAR , LIAR , P ants On Fire lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This message exposes some political LIES posing risk tolt;br/gt;Punjab futurelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Delhi gang of Liars, and their Porker Backers will be no where in Punjablt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kejriwal a cheat, cheated his mentor Anna Hazaree, cheated AAP founders lt;br/gt;P Bhushan, Yogendar Yadav, Cheated Such S Chotee pur, Cheated dozens lt;br/gt;more Punjabi' in crores Cheated the very first women IPS Officer Kiran Bedi/lt;br/gt;cheated Col CD Singh, cheated his position s Jt Income Tax Commissnor, parent departmentlt;br/gt;Ministry of Finance misused the official accommodation for his personal means
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                                      Ratan
                                      Oct 23, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                                      बीजेपी अकालियों ने मिलकर पंजाब के बारा बजा दिया अब पंजाब के लोगों से उम्मीद है कि केजरीवाल को वोट दे। नागपुर में पुलिस ने नया नाटक चालु किया है।किनारे छुपे बैठते हैं एकाएक आकर सिग्नल तोडा करके बाइक वालों से 200/300की वसूली करते हैं। 46डीग्री सर दर्द होने से हेलमेट निकाला तो मोबाइल से फोटो निकालते हैं। क्या बीजेपी परेशान करने के लिए देश में आई है
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                                        Shafted mohammed
                                        Oct 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                                        All the MLA who used their office for profit would be expelled and new elections would happen . 21 to 25 MLA would join the swaraj party and then new elections would take place and then utter this nonsense of 67-3 as you would see where AAP stands.
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                                          Shafted mohammed
                                          Oct 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                                          No liquor mafia , become a member of AAP and you get free liquor in mohalla clinics and mohalla committee offices. All MLA's would get a four hundred percent ry hike and free car and wi fi where everyone can watch films of their choice and lot of perks at taxpayers money. To protect you there would never be a lokpal and Anna could stay in his village as he was used a step stone and now he is not of any use to the party and can be conveniently forgotten. Things would be better in Punjab as the corrupt Punjab police would be under this super clean AAP leadership.
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                                            Shiva
                                            Oct 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm
                                            Failed promises and failed AAP. Still making news!!
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