Punjab: Arvind Kejriwal releases industry, trade manifesto in Ludhiana

"We respect traders and industrialists, we are not here to threaten or intimidate them. They know that AAP will use their tax in the right way. We will stop surgical strikes on traders and industrialists," he said.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: October 24, 2016 10:16 am
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Releasing the Aam Aadmi Party’s manifesto for industry, trade and transport in poll-bound Punjab at Ludhiana on Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his party would end “surgical strikes on industry and traders of Punjab being conducted by SAD-BJP government in the form of raids, goonda tax and inspector raj”.

“We respect traders and industrialists, we are not here to threaten or intimidate them.

They know that AAP will use their tax in the right way. We will stop surgical strikes on traders and industrialists being conducted at the behest of Badal raj here,” he said.

Commenting on the 21-point manifesto released by the party, Kejriwal said that “this manifesto has not been made sitting in air-conditioned rooms; rather it is a dream of people of Punjab”.

Ludhiana: AAP releases industry, trade manifesto

“It is an agreement between AAP and people of Punjab. This manifesto is pious for us. Congress and SAD-BJP have failed to bring any manifesto or commitment document till now which shows they do not have any solutions to problems of Punjab. They only know how to ask for votes in the name of religion and caste,” he said.

Kejriwal said that high power tariffs had emerged as a major problem in Punjab industry and if the AAP came to power, they would not hesitate to provide subsidies on power to industries. “I promise you that goods manufactured in Punjab will reach every corner of the world,” he said.

Promising to revive Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh industries, Kejriwal said, “Ludhiana and Mandi Gobdindgah industries have been devastated. This is a big challenge ahead of us to revive them. We consider farmers, traders, industrialists and youths as our partners in development for Punjab. We have done this in Delhi. All trade associations in Delhi are consulted before making any trade policy.

Sometimes government has to take strong and stern steps. They will protest if decisions are taken without their consent but we never do so. No policy is given a green signal without their consent.”

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann targeted Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for promoting Chinese goods and “trusting Chinese industry more than Punjab’s industry”. “Deputy CM went to China and is busy promoting their goods here. Not even once he thought of promoting Punjab-manufactured goods in China,” said Mann.

State convenor Gurpreet Ghuggi said that “Ludhiana will again rise as Manchester of India if AAP comes to power”. “Sukhbir has made all plans to promote Chinese cycles in our own cycle manufacturing hub Ludhiana but AAP will take Ludhiana cycles to the world,” said Ghuggi.

Party leader Jarnail Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Ludhiana a few days ago, but it was “utterly shameful that he did not spare a penny or any package for Ludhiana industrialists”.

Party’s Punjab affairs incharge Sanjay Singh said that “some people accuse AAP of being anti-industry party”. “Yes, we do not know governance. We do not know how to govern transport mafia in state which SAD knows well,” he added.

Manifesto highlights

* Inspector raj, raid raj will be eliminated. No goonda tax. Self-certification regime for all NOCs and consents.

* Simplification of taxes. In five years, lowest tax rates in Punjab. One-time settlement for pending tax cases. VAT refund to be expedited.

* Revival of sick industrial units through two-year tax holiday. Revival of unused land at Focal Points, Industrial Areas etc.

* Electricity tariff will be substantially reduced. Anti-Punjab power agreements with private plants will be reviewed and those responsible for burdening the state will be punished.

* Ropar to be developed as new industrial hub with eco-friendly IT industry to generate development in Kandi belt.

* Regularisation of unauthorised colonies, revival of real estate. Elimination of sand mafia, mining licence of young entrepreneurs. SIT to investigate collection of goonda tax by SAD-BJP, Congressmen.

* 10-year tax holiday for ago-processing industries.

* Transport sector to be depoliticised. AAP govt will snatch bus permits from Badals and Congress politicians and will give them to handicapped, terrorism victims, ex-servicemen, unemployed etc. Elimination of unnecessary checking of trucks. Control of politicians in truck unions will be ended.

* Heavy toll tax policy charged by private companies in collusion with SAD-BJP, Congress will be investigated and reviewed. No toll plaza on roads other than National Highways.

* End of control of politicians in liquor mafia. Five-year tax holiday for women to encourage women entrepreneurs. Protection of small retailers from FDI and ‘special cell’ for complaints of extortion.

* Religious, heritage and industrial tourism through liberal tax incentives to hotels etc. New exhibition halls in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala and Jalandhar.

* Zero tolerance for food adulteration. Food testing labs in all districts. End of harassment for rehriwallas, space for rehri markets in all cities.