Will keep promise on Punjab farm loans: Congress


New Delhi, April 5

The Congress on Wednesday said its new government in Punjab will soon fulfil its promise of waiving farmers’ loans, but was non-committal on when this will happen.

“Our party has been supportive of farmer-friendly actions and committed to fulfilling its poll promises,” Congress spokesperson Rajeev Gowda told media persons here.

On the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to waive loans of small and marginal farmers, he said: “We are happy to see that (they have done it). We too will do it.”

Talking about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the Congress leader said he hoped it will create more jobs in the years to come.

“There has been no job creation in the past two-and-half years but the GST will help in job creation,” Gowda said, adding that all depends on its implementation though.

The Congress leader said the present government had a “terrible” record in collection of indirect taxes, and urged it not to impose indirect taxes since the poor were affected the most.

Gowda suggested centralised registration of companies to make it easy for them to carry out business across the country.

“Why can’t the government think of centralised registration of companies,” he asked, and said the government must “test GST before rolling it out”.


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