AAP government reneging on promises, alleges Ayali


DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislature party leader Manpreet Singh Ayali today accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of reneging on its promises by failing to allocate funds to fulfill promises made to the people including implementation of the Rs 1,000 per month allowance to all women in the State. Participating in the discussion on the State budget 2022-23, Mr Manpreet Ayali said women, who had played a big role in the formation of the AAP government, were feeling betrayed. "The government has not allocated any funds for disbursement to women making it clear that the scheme will not be implemented this year". He also condemned the government for failing to implement the old pension scheme as promised. Mr Ayali said even though the government had come out with an Rs 1.55 lakh crore budget, it had failed to disclose the sources of revenue to meet this expense. He said the GST regime was expected to come to an end which would reduce compensation from the centre. "The government's excise policy had been shunned by contractors with only 25 out of the 177 blocks being auctioned. The government has been forced to go in for reductions which will result in a loss of around Rs 350 crore". He said income from registration of land had also come down drastically. Asserting that the government's failure to increase its sources of income had forced it to borrow Rs 10,000 crore in three months only, Mr Ayali said "if this trend continues the State will be pushed into a further debt trap". The SAD legislature party leader also questioned the government's intentions to regularize the services of 36,000 contractual employees saying it had failed to even move a resolution in this regard in the assembly. He said even those selected for jobs including nearly 10,000 police personnel, were not being issued joining letters. He also demanded that all vacant posts of 'patwari' and 'kanungo' be filled besides calling for implementation of the old pension scheme, the seventh pay commission for college and university teachers and disbursement of agri-subsidies as well as honorariums to Nambardars. Mr Ayali also urged that a provision be made in the budget for creation of playing grounds in villages and that this should be coupled with NREGA for easy implementation. He also demanded that the Rs 150 crore debt of the Punjabi University be waived. (editor@dailyworld.in)


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