Criticising the Punjab Government for discriminating against small and medium enterprises and business entities in the State and giving huge power subsidy to a few crony industries, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) senior leader and the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Harpal
Singh Cheema on Wednesday said that the Congress-led Government should
stop the discrimination in giving power subsidy and other concessions to the industrialists and traders.
Cheema demanded that the Punjab Government should formulate a transparent, balanced, and streamlined policy to provide more subsidies to the industries, including electricity, to save the industry and business world which was facing severe financial crisis due to deadly policies and COVID pandemic.
Alleging that the Congress Government had discriminated against the industries of the State in providing power supply and power subsidy, Cheema said, “The Captain Government is looting the state’s treasury on a few of his favourite industrialists. The biggest hit in Punjab is small and medium enterprises...Just as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looting the coffers of the entire country on
his few favorites, so is Capt Amarinder Singh.” Cheema said that the Chief Minister should refrain from benefiting his cronies.
He demanded from the Punjab Government to formulate a sound industrial policy for the betterment of the industries in the State so that small, medium, and large scale industries could be given the benefit of subsidy in a balanced ratio.
He also demanded a waiver of fixed charge from March 2020 onwards for industries which were suffering due to COVID pandemic.