Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 2
Reiterating his demand for special incentives from the Central government to boost investment and industry in the state, especially in the border districts and kandi areas, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday sought Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s personal intervention in the matter.
In a letter to Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, the Chief Minister said such incentives had been already extended to the neighbouring states of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in terms of income tax exemption, Central Goods and Sales Tax reimbursement and freight subsidies.
He pointed out that due to certain inherent factors like land-locked position of the state, long and hostile border with the neighbouring country, history of turmoil due to externally sponsored terrorism and incentives given to neighbouring states, Punjab has suffered and needed special incentives on the lines of J&K and Himachal.
Underlining his commitment to attract more investments to the state, the Chief Minister emphasised the need for inclusive growth by improving the employment opportunities in Punjab.