SAD condemns Cong govt for doubling registration fee on sale deeds
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Congress government for putting unbearable burden on the common man by doubling registration fee for sale deeds as well as legal documents on the back of drastic increase in power tariff, bus fares and a host of other taxes.
“It seems the Congress government is bent upon putting the burden of its inability to manage State finances on the common man”, said former minister and party spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal in a statement here.
Mr Grewal said it was stupefying that the Congress government had taken a decision to double registration charges on sale deeds at a time when there was a slump in the real estate market. “At such times the registration charges need to be reduced not increased. It is also shocking that fee for all legal documents, including registration of wills, has been doubled.
The Akali leader said finance minister Manpreet Badal should explain why he was transferring the burden of his inefficiencies on the public. He said this move would result in a further slowdown in the real estate market and de-accelerate the State’s economy.
Mr Grewal said the Congress government was inflicting cruelty on the common man by increasing rates of each and every service provided to them. He said power rates had been increased by 25 per cent in the last two years with hefty increases each year. “The government has already forced the State power utility to seek an eight to fourteen per cent increase in power tariff for 2018-19. Earlier the Congress government had affected a nine to twelve per cent increase in power tariff for 2017-18. All this was done after the Congress party promised to reduce power rates in the run up to the 2017 assembly election”, he added.
The SAD spokesman said even as all manner of services were being increased including bus fares and even water charges, no facility was being provided to the people. “Even social welfares schemes initiated by Sardar Parkash Singh Badal – including Shagun scheme, Aata – daal scheme and old age pension are not being implemented. Scheduled caste students did not get their post-matric scholarship which was released to the State by the centre for more than one year. Government school children have not got winter uniforms which were due since November 15”.
Mr Grewal demanded the Congress government come out with a white paper to explain where central funds meant for various schemes as well as revenue generated from State taxes was being spent. “Punjabis pay the most for petrol and diesel due to high State taxes but the government refuses to relent and is going ahead with anti-people moves like doubling of registration charges on sale deeds. This needs to be revoked immediately”, he added.
– PTC News