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Govt failed to set up excise corporation: Pargat

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Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 17

Congress MLA Pargat Singh today once again hit out against his own government, saying it had failed to set up an excise corporation even in its fourth year of its rule.

"I fail to understand as to who is stopping the government from taking this step which can help in raising the income of the state and stop liquor smuggling. Former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was sent to Tamil Nadu to study the excise corporation model there, but his proposals were not accepted that year as the government had then felt that the excise policy for the year was already getting late. As the government formulated the policy for the fourth year recently, it once again failed to set up a corporation," said Pargat.

'GST DUES PENDING'

Liquor and excise are the two main resources to generate income, especially when the state is reeling under a liability of Rs 2.5 lakh crore and is yet to receive its share of Rs 4,500-crore GST.

Pargat Singh, Congress MLA

The MLA said, "Liquor and excise are the two main resources to generate income, especially when the state is reeling under a huge liability of Rs2.5 lakh crore and is yet to receive its share of Rs4,500-crore GST. The ministers and bureaucrats have been fighting over excise matters whereas they all need to realise that it is with the vision and will of political leadership that the bureaucrats tend to function. We all must realise that we are all working under the rule of CM Capt Amarinder Singh, and not the Chief Secretary... The ministers and MLAs say something in meetings and change their stance during private conversations... In another year or so, we will be held accountable by Punjabis."

He said, "We cannot push the issues like sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, power purchase agreement and reconciliation of Rs31,000-crore cash-credit gap under the carpet of Covid-19. We still have time and can take corrective measures. That is why I had sent two letters to the CM. Since I tend to speak up on issues that matter, some sections have started calling me a rebel... I am fine with it since whatever I am saying is in the interest of Punjab."

Sort out CS issue: MLA

After demanding a CBI probe into excise losses, Qadian MLA Fateh Jang Bajwa on Sunday tweeted, "Is our honourable CM held hostage, literally and metaphorically, by a section of bureaucratshellip; The situation is very cloudy. It is time for the CM to step in to sort it out. It would be bad as the ministers would lose face in public if they attend meetings attended by the CS."



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