‘New government should focus on poor & Armed Forces’
Manjett Singh Virddi, a businessman and social activist and President of MSV Foundation, said, “Issues like poverty should be taken care of in this elections. Whichever government comes to power, they should work for it. It should also provide them with good health facilities and basic necessities."
PUNE: The Sikh community living in the city feels that the new government should focus on poor. It should also help the Armed Forces by empowering them as well as their families.
However, a section of the community also says that there should be enough facilities for the middle class as they are the honest taxpayers of the country.
Manjett Singh Virddi, a businessman and social activist and President of MSV Foundation, said, “Issues like poverty should be taken care of in this elections. Whichever government comes to power, they should work for it. It should also provide them with good health facilities and basic necessities. It should also strengthen our forces and should provide good facilities to their families as they fight for the entire nation. Their families should not suffer.”
Karan Singh Narula, a businessman in the construction sector, said, “The middle class is burdened with lots of taxes like toll, road tax and income tax. A major portion of their salary goes into paying taxes. However, they hardly get any benefit instead of paying so much money in taxes. For a very long time, there was tax exemption up to 2.5 lakh which has now been increased to five lakh, which is a welcome move by the government. However, there should be an exemption up to 10 lakh then only a lot of people will benefit as a major portion falls in this category.”
He further said, “A lot of middle-class population works in private sector where they do not have secured jobs and if they do not perform well or any other conditions, they get sacked by the companies. The government should ideally help them with basic funds during that period as they have been honest taxpayers for many years. A lot of middle-class taxpayers hardly get the benefit and they should be provided with medical facilities. It is the rich who should pay more tax and not the middle class.”
Sant Singh Mokha, a businessman and social worker, said, “We need a government which focuses on the developing the country without creating polarisation. We need a government that can work for poor people and also provide facilities to our Army and their families. There should be good relations with neighbouring countries so that soldiers do not die every day,” he added.
Amarjeet Singh Parhar, a Ganesh Peth resident, said, “We are a minority community but we do not get enough benefits which other minorities get. As a community, we are self-sufficient but minority benefits like reservations can help children from the community to pursue better education.”
“The Congress had always shown interest in minorities and if they come to power, we hope things will be better. Unfortunately , there is no party who is willing to work for honest taxpayers of this country,” he added.
As the Lok Sabha election 2019 is approaching, different communities from the city share their feedback regarding the current government and voice the issues they want the upcoming government to address.