Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said after running away from waiving off farmer loans and giving jobs to youth, the Congress government had now even run away from its commitment to supply power to the State industry at Rs five per unit.
In a statement here, former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said this latest betrayal was exposed when the Congress government refused to include this commitment in the consent letter submitted to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Authority (PSERC). "This means industrialists will not be supplied power at Rs 5 per unit but will continue to pay the present Rs 7.5 per unit or even more as per the decision of the electricity regulatory authority in its new tariff order”.
Asking the Congress government how it could go back on its announcements, Cheema said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder had made an announcement to this effect in the Vidhan Sabha in June this year. Following this, the industrial sector even welcomed the decision. Now we have come to know that this decision will not be implemented this year as the same has not been communicated to the PSERC”.
Stating that the Congress government had become expert in making announcements which it had no intention of keeping, he said the same had been done in the case of farm loan waiver. "The government is yet to waive off the Rs 90,000 crore farm loan as promised. Now we have a situation in which an another announcement made in the Vidhan Sabha to supply power at Rs five per unit to new and existing industrial units is not being implemented”.
Cheema said the Congress government was again indulging in skulduggery by claiming it would take up the issue of power at Rs 5 per unit for industry in the new industrial policy. "Earlier in June, the government announced the new industrial policy would be declared in July. Now it has been delayed indefinitely. This means the new rate to be levied on the industrial sector has also been delayed indefinitely”.
The Akali leader said the manner in which the Congress government was behaving with the industrial sector was shameful. "The government is asking the industry to hire more youth and even signing mous with them besides encouraging them to attend so called Rozgar Melas held under its aegis. But on the same hand the government is not ready to make the industrial sector profitable by extending the promised facility to it”, he added.