Vice president Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday asked people, especially those who can afford, to get ready to pay higher taxes of user charges if they want access to smart city facilities in India, according to a report by The Indian Express. Naidu who was in Ranchi to lay the foundation stone for the country’s first, and so far only, greenfield smart city project said that the upgraded and modern infrastructure comes for a price so if you want access to that, you should be ready to more. He added that people should have any problem with it as far as things are executed in a transparent manner, and with accountability.
However, Naidu clarified that since the government cannot burden the poor with the extra load, those who can afford this cost should come forward and contribute. “If you want good drainage, top-class transportation, waste management system, etc, you will have to pay a bit more. We cannot burden the poor, but those who can afford it should certainly come forward to contribute,” Naidu was quoted saying by IE. On the second day of his maiden visit to Jharkhand after becoming the V-P, Naidu laid foundation stone for an urban civic centre and a convention centre.
Talking about the problem of Maoists in Jharkhand, Naidu said that ballot and not bullet is the solution to this problem. “Keep afar those who indulge in violence. Don’t give them encouragement … No one has the right to carry a gun in a democracy except the police and the armed forces. No one has the right to take law in his hands,” he said.
“In a democracy mandate should be respected but if they (Maoists) say they cannot wait till then and so they pick up guns, then the same gun will end their lives,” he said adding “The gun is not solution.” Hitting out at the human rights’ groups, Naidu said they criticse when Maoists are killed but remain silent when common people and security forces are killed. “This is not human rights. Security to common people is important for us. So long tension has not ended there would not be attention in development. So, peace is required for development. Don’t give encouragement to such movements,” the vice-president added.