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Punjab caps cable TV connection charges at Rs 100 to rein in ‘cable mafia’

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi flanked by PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Finance Minister Manpreet Badal listening to public grievances in Ludhiana on November 22, 2021. Photo: DPR

Ludhiana, Nov 22 (MNN) Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday announced capping of monthly cable TV connection price at Rs 100 to end cartelisation of cable business across the state.

Addressing a public gathering here, Channi said that people were unnecessarily harassed by the cable mafia by levying hefty monthly charges, which will not be tolerated.

He also said that such businesses of transport and cable are owned by the Badal family and now people need not to pay more than Rs 100 per month as cable TV charge. The Chief Minister warned of strict action against those not adhering to the new rates.

Channi also announced that all illegal bus permits will be revoked and allotted to unemployed youths in Punjab.

In the next 10 days, services of all safai sewaks in Municipal Councils and Corporations will be regularised without consideration of 10-year service condition. Besides, contract system for recruitment will be scrapped.

Channi said that decisions for the welfare of poor had already been announced, including reduced electricity rates by Rs 3 per unit, waiving of electricity bill arrears, fixed water bill charges, fixing of rates of sand and gravel and free power to rural water supply schemes.

The Chief Minister lashed out at Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party leaders for “misleading” Punjabis, adding that Punjabis could not be fooled by false promises.

Meanwhile, PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu lauded Channi for his pro-poor and what he called landmark decisions within a short span of time and working round the clock for the economically weaker sections of society.

He said that Congress government will soon evolve a mechanism to make Punjab a debt-free state by launching effective policies, adding debt-free Punjab will be a better place for our future generations.

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