Former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar tells Pragya Kaushika that he has received representations from various industries, such as footwear, readymade garments, over having to pay tax for every product they sell.
Being a former minister, how do you rate the budget and what are the shortcomings?
The budget is a common man’s budget. Zero tax has been levied. But there are few issues. People from the footwear industry came to me this morning, saying they have to pay tax now on every product they sell. A few from the plastic industry also voiced their concerns. I have also received a representation from the readymade garment industry. We will figure out these issues in consultations with the government.
What are the issues that you raised in House to the minister concerned? Are you satisfied with the replies?
My assembly constituency, Trinagar, does not have a single hospital. Like me, there are many MLAs who do not have a hospital in their constituency. I wanted to know the criteria followed in determining the area where a hospital is to be built. I have spoken to the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and have been promised a positive reply. (PWD) Minister Satyender Jain too has asked me to get a reply from DDA, which I will get soon.
My second complaint was about discoms. They overcharge people randomly and accuse many in theft cases. On MLA’s recommendation, they give a discount in the total bill but even that is unjustified. Out of 10 people who they accuse of theft, five can be real culprits but the rest are maligned in false cases.
The minister has promised me that a committee will be constituted to look into such cases.
Have you earmarked land for hospital in your area?
There is a plot of 1,000 sq yards in my area which the DDA is willing to give. The government has to release money for the land, following which the DDA will give possession. As there is an eye hospital next to the plot, the area could be used to provide optimum health services.