Punjab Deputy CM criticises opposition on subsidy issue
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 18:36
Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday criticised Opposition leaders for their stand on various issues like subsidies, saying that they should "apologise" to the people for their "unprincipled opposition".

"The entire band of our critics and opponents has now converted to our line of thinking. They should apologise to the people of Punjab for wasting their time and energy with direction-less, muddle-headed and unprincipled opposition to the SAD-BJP stand on subsidies," Badal, who is also president of Shiromani Akali Dal, said.

"The duplicity and political and ideological bankruptcy of our opponents stands thoroughly exposed. We have been fully vindicated," he said.

In a statement here, Sukhbir also came down heavily against those who claimed that the SAD-BJP stand on subsidies was dictated by electoral considerations.

"We have never flinched from our stand on this issue. The whole world knows that it was Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who had introduced these policies in February 1997. The SAD-BJP pitched in strongly for subsidies again from day one after resuming administrative control in March 2007."

The new stand (of supporting subsidies) of Congress and its allies was forced by the dominant mood of the people ahead of the elections, he claimed.

He also criticised the UPA for its alleged double standards on the issue.

"They doled out billions as subsidies to big business houses on the excuse of bailing the economy out of slow-down. But they opposed us for helping the farm sector in similar conditions."

The state cabinet in a recent meeting has introduced a new pattern of collector rates aimed to reduce corruption, Badal said after laying the foundation stone at another place.

The meeting has mandated that all registration of properties cannot be done below collector rate and one was free to get his property registered above collector rate, he said, adding that he cabinet has decided to adopt a uniform formula for calculating collector rate of building portion.

This decision was in line with administrative reforms initiated by the Punjab government that would minimise the scope of corruption in the tehsils, Badal said.

The Deputy CM was hopeful that the state could collect Rs 11,000 crore in value added tax (VAT) collection within three years.


First Published: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 18:36

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