Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday made 10 promises to the traders and businessmen for the development and upliftment of industry, trade, and commerce while appealing to them to be part of AAP Government to be formed in 2022.
Seeking the support of traders, businessmen and industrialists in ‘Kejriwal's talk with traders and businessmen’ in Jalandhar, AAP supremo said: “You have tried the Congress-Captain and the Badals, now give us a chance. We don't need funds from businessmen, we just need support.”
Kejriwal interacted with traders and businessmen for the purpose of soliciting suggestions to the problems and difficulties faced by them.
After listening to the problems and solutions of the traders and businessmen, Kejriwal first announced 24-hour uninterrupted power supply for the industry. “At present, there are long power-cuts in Punjab. Without electricity, neither industry nor trade could run smoothly. On formation of AAP government, 24-hour power supply would be provided as done by the AAP in Delhi,” he said.
Kejriwal also announced to end red-tapism and ‘inspector raj’. “Corruption runs in the system because the intentions of the governments were bad. If there is an honest CM and Cabinet at the top, I can challenge that the entire structure below will be alright. We did this in Delhi,” he said.
AAP leader said that old laws will be rectified, unnecessary laws will be scrapped, and a system will be built wherein existing industries need not waste time over government and will be able to invest their time in business.
On the problem of VAT refund, Kejriwal promised to ensure VAT refund between 3 to 6 months and an instalment system will be made for big refunds.
Announcing strengthening of infrastructure, Kejriwal said that 80 percent of industries were located outside the focal point and there were many problems including roads, water and sewerage; which the AAP government will solve by bringing a budgetary provision.
Kejriwal also announced to end enhancement process on the formation of AAP government in Punjab, besides bringing to an end the CLU (Change of land use) and other types of hassles at the areas which have been declared as industrial zones with an automatic intimidation only.
AAP chief said that extortion in the form of ‘monthly’ and ‘weekly’ will also be eradicated along with ‘goonda tax’ which continues unabated. “Goonda tax was collected from every truck as the system had been occupied by the ministers. It is my guarantee to end this system and it will be our responsibility to let the traders work smoothly,” he added.
Inviting the traders and businessmen to become partners in the future AAP government, he said a joint body of businessmen-traders will be formed, which will be headed by a Minister with representatives from each business sector so that it could get geographically and sector-wise representation; and will meet every month. “Decisions will be taken during the same meeting and the government will implement them immediately,” he said.
Kejriwal said that more emphasis will be given to small traders and MSMEs so that unemployment will be generated. Taking a promise from the industrialists, businessmen, and traders, Kejriwal assured that he will ensure employment to the unemployed and the AAP government will resolve all their problems.
He claimed that such development will be done so that no one will remain unemployed in Punjab. Kejriwal urged the industrialists, businessmen and traders to make the AAP win all nine seats of Jalandhar.