Punjab

Income Generation the Pivotal theme for Punjab’s resurrection: PPCC President

Punjab Tribune Bureau | January 11, 2022 06:30 PM

CHANDIGARH: PPCC Chief launched the First point of the Punjab Model which reflects means to bring the income from state’s resources back to the Government from Mafias and Private players.

PPCC President stated that in the past 25-30 years, under Badals and Captains rule, thekedaari system has taken over Punjab's resources. Income of the State is being diverted to private pockets, hence, the only way to bring back resources of the state, is to end the thekedaari system and take government control over important state’s resources and revenue streams.

Punjab, once the most prosperous state, is the most indebted state in the country. 50% of state expenditure is being funded through the high-cost debt. State pays 30-40% of its revenue as just Interest on the old debt.

The PPCC President highlighted that revenue generation is the solution to most of the ongoing problems of that state. There would not be even a single protest in the state if there was money in the state's exchequer.

State's resources are property of the people of Punjab. Hence, income from those resources should come to the state's exchequer and should be invested for the welfare of the people. The real reason for this large-scale unfortunate corruption has been mismanagement of public finances, lack of transparency and accountability and centralization of power which has helped in fund diversion to private pockets.

Punjab Model means full and real time transparency and accountability for the people. Financial condition of the State and its corporations will be made public through an online portal.

For the past 25 years the state's financial distress has been at the centre of Public and political debate. Many complain about it, but nobody has given any agenda for a solution to this distress. The Punjab Model is an effort towards that direction. He welcomed that if someone has a better agenda he is willing to walk behind them.

These are not just tall claims but a researched manifesto for the growth and development of the state. Barring the unscrupulous corruption suffered by the state of Punjab by the hands of some powerful people, today, the state struggles with two most important broad level issues- Unemployment and lack of sufficient revenue resources. And the Punjab Model is set to fight it out and more.

The first and foremost role of the Punjab Model is to create revenue streams by creating:
1. Liquor corporations;
2. sand mining corporations;
3. cable regulations;
4. promotion of transport corporations;
5. Outdoor advertisement which

Which collectively stands a potential of generating about Rs. 50,000 crore additional revenue. Which if put in CCS schemes (Center Schemes) will translate into 1 Lakh crore

Elaborating on these intended programs PPCC highlighted that not only these corporations would contribute to additional revenue streams for the state, they would also create ample employment opportunities for the people of Punjab.

 

LIQUOR POLICY

The state will create a liquor corporation of its own to sell and regulate the liquor industry in Punjab.

- An appropriate tax regime to be introduced such as Excise and VAT for streamlined revenue collection. Since, the VAT has been kept out of the GST ambit, therefore, it is very important for the state’s own income which will not go to the pocket of the Central Government and stop excise leakages.

- The State run Corporation will have their own production and Government run distilleries across the state. This is the most benevolent practice of states like Tamil Nadu to pocket revenue for the state and keep check and balance on the corrupt liquor supply.

- Further, opening of government run liquor stores will help in generating employment for our people. This stepwise process would lead over Rs.25,000 crore output in revenue and would bring 50,000 odd jobs back home.

SAND MINING POLICY:

As for Sand Mining, PPCC is very well aware that in its present form, it is largely run by a mafia benefitting a few powerful people in the system. The sand is a natural property and therefore a property belonging to the State and its people.

- The only way to get a grip on corrupt practices of Mafia would be if Government control could be implemented on Sand Mining and appropriate regulated policies can be taken out.

- There are about 102 mining sites across 14 districts of Punjab with an estimated demand of sand of 2.4-3 crore tonnes annually. This could be hugely capitalized for revenue generation and employment in the benefit of the state and its people directly.

- The government will create a ‘Sand Mining Corporation. The “Digital Punjab'' can make this whole process transparent and seamless. From on Online booking at “Punjab Online Sand” platform at fixed price to use of technology for ordering, delivering and monitoring to fixing GPS chips on trucks for tracking deliveries, these could be a revolutionary industrialization of sand mining in the country.

- The Government will also have different colour trucks to check on irregular and illegal trucking of sand to the Mafias.

- The Government will introduce an annual auditing system by three independent persons of repute to keep an eye on the leakages of revenue of the sand mining.

- Keeping in mind the future, the Government will take necessary steps for introducing M-sand Policy for sustainable mining.

- The Sand Mining Policy if implemented in this systemic fashion has the potential of generating revenue upto Rs.2000-3000 crores in the next 5 years with a potential of creating 5000 direct jobs and 15000-20000 indirect jobs in the sector.

CABLE REGULATIONS

Similarly, the Cable industry is currently ruled by big corporate moguls who use state property to fix wires and poles across the state on which carriage fees can be imposed. Due to low to no margins for local cable operators in the business, the industry has been under pressure and scrutiny for various violations and loss of state revenue. They use the state's property to put wires & poles. But don’t pay any rent to the state for utilising people’s resources. Hence the government can levy carriage fees. This also resulted in the high rates for the consumers.

- Tackling with that under the Punjab Model governance multiplayer system will be launched as an open level playing field for local operators to choose from.

- There would be at least five to six MSO's that would bring ro create competition in the market. Due to competition, local operators can select their choice.

- This will lead to decreased rates for consumers, increased profitability for LCOs and potential revenue for the state.

- Through these carriage fee and GST charges under cable regulations, states can collect approximately Rs.2000 crore for the state every year and as per rules they can also collect tax loss of the last 5 years: 5000 Crore (one time) serving as additional revenue.

TRANSPORT AND ADVERTISEMENTS

- The privatized model run by Badal and their allies on profitable routes such as (Jalandhar-Delhi; Manali; Rajasthan etc) should be handed over to PRTC & PUNBUS exclusively.

- For the shorter distance permits, the illegal buses plying on such routes shall be stopped. Illegal permits will be cancelled and new permits to be issued to the youth of Punjab.

- Right to Mobility shall be the right of every Punjabi. A safer and secure transportation system shall ensure that every punjabi will have access to cheaper transport services run by the State.

- Further collection of revenue through advertisements on bus stops, railways, airports etc. will add immensely to the state treasury. Other states earn 15-20% of revenue from non-tariff, but Punjab 0.1%. It is going into private pockets

- Furthermore, Digitisation on PUNBUS and PRTC (Digital Punjab: Digital Bus Management), Timetable preparation, adding GPS systems, Grievance redressal Call centres and online complaints portal will make it into an international level travel experience.

- The transport policy combined with outdoor advertisement policy has the capacity to generate over Rs.2000 crore revenue alone while creating over 50,000 jobs just on road transport alone

The government aims to utilize state resources to the maximum and generate maximum revenue possible for that state, so that same can be invested in the development of people.

Other examples which the government will try to optimize is:
1. Outdoor advertisements regulation
2. Urban Local bodies and Panchayat will levy taxes and generate their own revenue.
3. Packaged Water bottle
- The State of Punjab will also create a commission which will sell and regulate the packaged water bottle of Satluj, Ravi & Beas.

All this and more are what the Punjab Model has in stored for its people. It's a part of the larger governance reform scheme which it intends to bring into the state. The state and its people should wake up to the possibility of change and unravel the potential of the schemes announced by PPCC. These changes will transform the landscape of the People and lead us to a prosperous Punjab.

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