Ludhiana, March 3:

Lauding the Punjab government for its myriad of steps towards the development of Punjab and its people every day, the local residents said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann’s government has ignited a new hope among Punjabis for a better future. Commending the Punjab government’s functioning, Varun Jairth from the Footwear Association lauded Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann for immediately accepting the demand to extend the deadline of the OTS scheme for two months. The deadline was ending on March 15 which now has been extended till May 15. Dinesh Puri from Kuku Exports appreciated the noble initiative of Mann Government’s ‘Aap Di Sarkar Aap De Dwar’ as he got the birth certificate of his son within half an hour in one of the camps near his house. He also urged the CM to put a check on fabric being imported from China at a skewed price following which CM Bhagwant Singh Mann said that he would raise the issue with the union government in this regard.

Harmeek Singh from Baba Chicken hailed the ‘Mera Bill, Mera Adhikar’ app as now, it has given a fair playing field to the taxpayers. The non-taxpayers have also started filing taxes as the app has become a major check on the bogus bills. On his request to save groundwater, CM said that apart from facilitating surface water to the fields, soon Canal water would also be provided to the industry unit. He said that the 24×7 Sidhwan canal-based surface water supply project would be started soon in Ludhiana. Talwinder Kumar, a Tissue Manufacturer, also hailed the CMs for fulfilling the all promises made to the people. CM Bhagwant Singh Mann immediately accepted his demand to install CCTVs in Doraha and Khanna. Rajesh Gupta from Integrated Textile & Knitwears thanked CM Bhagwant Singh Mann for ensuring refunds were credited in time. CM Bhagwant Singh Mann assured to take up the issue with the GST council regarding relief for tax paid on capital goods. Rajinder Singh, president small-scale textile association, thanked CM for launching the PP Sanjh app as it has promptly ensured verification of the labourers. He also said that all NOCs and other letters submitted to government departments, especially to PPCB were being cleared on the same day. Rajiv Jain from the Plastic Manufacturers and Traders Association sought help in lifting the ban on 120-micron plastic bags in the Punjab on which CM Bhagwant Mann said that the required amendment in the act would be made soon. Gobinder Singh, a beekeeper appreciated Invest Punjab scheme and said that he got a subsidy worth Rs 17.5 lakh for the establishment of a beekeeping unit. He also appealed to other investors to avail the benefits of various schemes under Invest Punjab. Another trader, Suresh Dhir, lauded the state government for safeguarding the interests of the trading community. He said that the issue of dangling wires in the markets was already being resolved which was pending from the last few decades.