A Politician’s Business Proposal
Amit Verma of Indiauncut is one of my favourite bloggers. The ease with which he presents his point and the humour+satire in addressing serious issues has made a fan of his blog. India’s tax system seems to receive special attention from him.
In his weekly column for the Mint newspaper last week, he addresses the topic in a very innovative way. A proposal from a politician explaining how he intends to use the funds assigned by the government for public service schemes like the proposed rural employment guarantee scheme of the government. Here are some extracts:
First, dear, let me tell you something about Indian government. Government of India is existing on the basis that it will help poor people of India. This it can only do if there are poor people in India. Thus, it is important to keep people in India poor. This is for their own good, dear, for how can we help them otherwise?
Government of India does this with very ingenuous method that is tried and tested through centuries. First, it taxes them vigorously, both their earnings and spendings, promising to spend their money back on them. But for every 100 rupees that we take, only 15 are spent as they should. […]
My favourite example is the almost Rs12,000 crore that goes into Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. See irony: First we are preventing employment from coming up by strangling industry with licence and inspection raj, and labour laws, and by making sure 60% of country is stuck in agriculture, when the figure in developed countries is closer to 5%. Then we are taking money from them to give them jobs!
And you were wondering what happens to your tax money?