‘Government makes all urban bodies of State debt-free’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 11:01:58


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“We have increased state’s income not by increasing any taxes or levying new taxes. Rather we have reduced and simplified our taxes. We have explored new avenues of income instead of putting burden on people”

Describing economy as the backbone of any state or nation for overall development, minister for urban administration and development Amar Agrawal on Monday said the income of Chhattisgarh – be it from taxable or non-taxable sources has increased manifold in the last 14 years. Registration fees that was only Rs 148.46 crore in the year 2003 has increased 8 times to reach 1212.40 crore in the year 2017. This happened after the state government offered special rebate to women on registration of their properties. “We have increased our income not by increasing any taxes or levying new taxes.

Rather we have reduced and simplified our taxes,” said minister Agrawal, who also holds portfolio of Commerce and Industries, Commercial Tax and Excise, while counting achievement made by his departments in the last 14 years under the regime of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

All the urban bodies in the state are now debt-free under BJP rule in the state unlike previous government. Rs 1000 crore is deposited in banks for the development of urban bodies, said the minister while outlining the policy of state government that yielded results. All the municipal corporations and councils are equally being treated by the state government, the minister said. Recalling a past episode, Agrawal said that he had advised the then Raipur Mayor Tarun Chaterjee not to resign from the post when the BJP government came to power in 2003-04.

Tarun Chaterjee had apprehensions that the BJP government will give a step motherly treatment to the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation of Raipur, but the BJP government never treated any corporation under the rule of the opposition in a discriminately, said the minister.

“Our Excise Policy has been emulated by Jharkhand and other BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are studying the policy that has helped improving law and order and reducing number of accidents considerably in the state. Rural people are happy as we have curbed illicit liquor business,” said the minister
The commerce and industry minister said that the state has disposed of 168 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in the last 14 years involving Rs 2,39,782 crore. Out of 168, 54 units have started production while work is in progress on 66 projects.

Investment of Rs 63,815 crore has already been done. Further, the number of Industrial Entrepreneurs’ Memorandum (IEM) submitted to the Industrial Policy and Promotion Department tells the success story of state’s industrial policy, the minister said adding 1123 investors have deposited IEMs worth Rs 13.34 crore in the last 14 years, which is the second in the nation. In its special efforts to promote industries in Bastar, the industry department has initiated work on Rs 24,826 crore project including Rs 4000 crore worth of Nagarnar Steel Plant. 14,976 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which are the highest employment providers in the private sector, have come up in state in BJP rule. The state has recorded an export of Rs 7,230 crore in 2014-15 as against Rs 1,060 crore exports reported in the 2003-04.

Industry budget of the state government has increased to Rs 295 crore in 2017-18 as against Rs 19.14 crore in 2003-04. To materialize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream ‘house for all’, state government aims at constructing 4 lakh houses in the state by 2022. Till date, Rs 2,538 crore has been approved for the construction of 59,286 houses under 226 projects.

Chhattisgarh has bagged the fourth position in implementing Ease of Doing Business in the nation, the minister said.