Imposition of green tax on big polluters,including industrial units and large commercial organisations,both as a measure for environmental conservation and increasing resources is one of the vital suggestions which citizens have sent to the states Finance Department currently busy in budget preparation.
In an innovative move to engage enlightened citizens in preparing the budget,the Finance Department had invited suggestions,and they have already got more than a dozen of them.
Says states Principal Secretary (finance) Srikant Baldi,We are studying each and every suggestion. It was quite refreshing to note that citizens have sent such valuable responses. We will consider all suggestions and try to incorporate these in the budget if possible.
The state government has given citizens an open opportunity to give suggestions. They still have time to respond till March 1, says Munish Garg,Secretary (budget).
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,who also holds the finance portfolio,will present the budget on March 19. This will be the last budget of his current tenure as the state goes to polls this year-end.
The whole idea of inviting suggestions was the brainchild of the Chief Minister. He has been seeking public suggestions for formulation of new schemes in other sectors as well, adds Baldi.
Significantly,no one has made any populist demand and most of the people sending suggestions have stressed imposition of taxes,including increasing VAT on tobacco and tobacco products,besides increasing investment in infrastructure schemes.
While there are suggestions to increase allocation in the budget for rural areas,one suggestion makes a case for modifying free school uniforms scheme to give a woollen jersey and a pair of shoes to students,instead of only uniforms twice a year.