Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema on Wednesday mentioned the Bhagwant Mann-led authorities is dedicated to cut back Punjab’s debt burden.
Talking within the Punjab meeting throughout a dialogue on finances estimates, Cheema mentioned the state has an annual borrowing restrict of Rs 55,000 crore.
“However we won’t elevate greater than Rs 35,000 crore and we will even repay Rs 36,000 crore of debt, mentioned Cheema throughout the ongoing meeting session.
The minister mentioned the AAP authorities is dedicated to cut back the debt burden of Punjab.
“We are going to scale back the debt burden,” asserted Cheema.
He knowledgeable the Home that in 2020-21, a sum of Rs 42,386 crore was borrowed and in 2021-21, Rs 41,083 crore was raised.
Cheema mentioned thus far, the AAP authorities has raised Rs 8,000 crore and likewise repaid Rs 10,500 crore.
After the opposition members of the Home raised questions over the state excise coverage, Cheema mentioned the state authorities has focused to generate Rs 9,600 crore as in opposition to Rs 6,200 crore in final fiscal from liquor.
Taking over the earlier governments, Cheema mentioned liquor introduced from Haryana was was offered in Punjab.
“The times of those that used to run the liquor mafia at the moment are over,” mentioned Cheema.
On the difficulty of organising a tax intelligence unit, the minister mentioned it won’t harass anybody however will hassle those that bask in tax evasion.
He knowledgeable the Home that the tax intelligence unit is operating efficiently in Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Cheema within the finances had introduced establishing the tax intelligence unit which is able to equip the finance division to enhance tax compliances beneath GST by way of taxpayer facilitation and communication.
Cheema, who took half within the GST council assembly right here, knowledgeable the Home that he had sought that the GST compensation needs to be prolonged for the following 5 years.
He blamed the earlier authorities for not making any effort for income mobilisation prior to now 5 years.
On the problems of the outdated pension scheme and giving pay scales as per the seventh pay fee, Cheema mentioned the chief minister was contemplating these issues.
Cheema mentioned the AAP-government will take motion in opposition to those that have indulged in corruption.
Interrupting the minister, Chief of Opposition and Congress MLA Partap Singh Bajwa requested him to additionally act in opposition to corrupt officers.
After Bajwa accused the AAP MLAs of each day reporting to an individual who’s sitting within the gallery, apparently refereing to AAP MP Raghav Chadha, the ruling legislators rose from their seats and objected to the assertion.
Heated exchanges passed off between AAP MLA Aman Arora, Harpal Cheema and Bajwa.
Although Bajwa didn’t take any names, Chadha was sitting within the gallery of the Home to witness the proceedings.
On the difficulty of conversion of Rs 31,000 crore of money credit score restrict (CCL) hole into long run mortgage by then SAD-BJP regime, Cheema mentioned the AAP authorities took up this situation with the Centre and has been capable of scale back the speed of curiosity from 8.25 per cent to 7.35 per cent which would scale back curiosity burden by about Rs 3,000 crore.
The CCL hole arose due to the mismatch between money credit score availed for procuring wheat and paddy and foodgrain shares within the account books of the state procurement businesses since 2004.
The Rs 31,000 crore included Rs 12,000 crore principal and round Rs 19,000 crore curiosity quantity and Punjab has been paying Rs 3,240 crore curiosity each year on it which it has to pay for 20 years.
In the meantime, the Home handed the Punjab Appropriation Invoice, 2022 amounting to about Rs 1,55,859 crore in the direction of defraying a number of expenses which is able to come in the middle of fee to be made throughout the monetary years 2022-23.
The Invoice was moved by Cheema within the Home.
Earlier, throughout Zero Hour, Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira protested within the Home for not being allowed to talk.
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