Thursday 26 November 2020

SAD PRESIDENT BLASTS MOVE FOR REDUCTION IN STATES SHARE IN REVENUE POOL

- Posted on 27 October 2020

Chandigarh October 27-  Shiromani Akali President Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal today lashed out at the Centre’s proposed move to further slash States’ share in the  Divisible Pool of Revenue.  Badal reiterated his party’s demand that the states’ share in this pool must be raised to  50%  “at the very least.”

 The Akali leader also called for a national initiative to protect the federal structure of the country.”Time has a come for a nationwide awareness and movement for securing greater fiscal autonomy for all states. This is the only long term solution to center’s growing hegemony, which in fact is working against our national interest. ”

 He said that the Shiromani Akali Dal has always been a votary of more powers to the states and has made huge sacrifices for this cause. “Strong states mean a strong India, just as strong limbs mean a strong body. You cannot weaken legs and arms or heart and lungs and still claim that the body as a whole would remain strong. Those at the helm at the center need to understand this.”

Badal  also stressed the need for revisiting the formulae for the  horizontal allocation of funds among various states. 

 “It is unfortunate that the federal structure of the country has been under constant attacks from successive governments at the center. Unfortunately, the present government is no exception. The states have already been reduced to the status of beggars at the center’s door. The latest reported move is only one more step to impoverish them further and to make them complete slaves before the center,” said Badal in a strongly worded statement here this afternoon.

 The former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab further said that the Centre has been usurping the states’ resources by using the backdoor channels such as the subtle and frequent shifting of issues from the States’  to the Concurrent List. Further, the center has been taking  a frequent resort to legislating on the Concurrent List  to leave little breathing space for the states. All this has reduced  the federal structure of the country to a mere joke.”  

 Badal scoffed at the reason being advanced to justify the latest move at reducing states’ share in the revenue pool. “Giving Covid19 as  the reason for center’s increased liability  is ridiculous. The real burden of dealing with the virus is upon the states as health is a state subject. The states have had to cope with immense additional stress on their health services because of this virus. If anyone needs more funds to deal with the virus, it is the states,” said Mr Badal.

The Akali leader said that the States share in this revenue is already meager considering how much they contribute to this revenue and how vast their liabilities and development needs are. “The States’ share must be increased to more than 50% .”

Read more

Punjabupdate is the free media platform established with a view to uphold what the fourth estate stands for without making any tall claims. Our practice so far has been to be non-conformist rather than flowing with the tide. We know this is not the easy path but then it has always been so. It is credibility and independence that are dear to us and epitomise our core values. We will question what is wrong and espouse what we feel is the right cause, at the same time fully conscious that both are relative terms but we will go by the interpretations are rooted in the collective consciousness of the people. At the same time, we will not stake any claim to be moralists as that can the most difficult test to pass and we admit it.
Copyright 2020 © punjabupdate.com