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CHANDIGARH/AMRITSAR: PPCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday said poll sops would empty the state exchequer, even as both the AAP and his own party seem to be in a race to make lofty announcements ahead of the 2022 assembly elections. Sidhu’s statement comes a day after AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal praised him for raising people-centric issues and claimed that Congress was trying to supress his (Sidhu) voice.
During his two-day Punjab visit this week, Kejriwal announced a slew of sops.
Sidhu tweeted, “Will bring solid “policy based” Punjab model. Give redemption from monopolies formed by Badals, such as Cable mafia. SOPs will empty state-treasure and kill livelihoods but do nothing to truly uplift the poor and eradicate the tyranny of Multiple Systems Operator…”
In another tweet, he added that it was in 2017 that he introduced in the Punjab Cabinet glimpses of his Punjab Model through ‘Punjab Entertainments Taxes Bill’, to end the ‘cable mafia’ to strengthen local operators so that people get the benefit of cheaper connections. “UPA govt formulated policies to transform India’s society & economy. Today Punjab needs policy based structural transformation of its economy, People won’t fall prey to populist “schemes” without any backing of Policy framework, defined budget allocations & implementation metrics,” he added.
Speaking to media persons in Amritsar after inaugurating development works to the tune of Rs 24 crore, Sidhu said the state’s development depends on policies backed by budgetary provisions and people should question the source of a budget financing. “UPA government formulated policies to transform India’s society and economy, today, Punjab needs policy-based structural transformation of its economy,” he said. People should not fall prey to populist schemes without any backing of policy framework, defined budget allocation and implementation metrics, he added.
About fixing monthly rate of cable TV connection at Rs 100 as announced by chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Sidhu said Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s minimum monthly cable rate was Rs 130 and they would do everything to fulfil the announcement.
AAP challenges channi to notify reduced cable rates
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday termed chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s claim to bring down the charges of cable connection in the state to Rs 100 per month as ‘Tughlaqi farman’ and challenged the government to immediately issue a notification. AAP spokesperson Malwinder Singh Kang said, “Rs 100 per connection is welcome, but let the chief minister explain how it will be possible. When will the notification be issued? Prior to announcing the decision, did Charanjit Singh Channi conduct any study or research on rules and regulations of the State and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for cable network operations? The chief minister should tell whether he considers cable operators as cable mafia.” The AAP leader alleged that Channi had made the announcement out of fear of AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s guarantee of Rs 1,000 per month to the women of Punjab. Whenever Kejriwal announces any welfare guarantee for the people of Punjab, the chief minister gets scared and makes false claims, Kang added.

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