Tax to relax!!!

June 11, 2008

Its surprising that the taxation on products in India is very heavy compared to many countries. Though there are not many welfare programs funded by the Government like in USA ,significant infrastructural development,improvement in education or maintaining a clean and green environment , the amount of tax we are asked to pay is quite high. And its not that India is a larger country with more infrastructure to maintain. Indian public facilities are rather poor and are now a prospective challenge to curbing the growth. And we call it valued added tax!!, just whom are we adding value to?

We pay a startling high,12.5% on the purchase of commodities. In spite of being heavily taxed, the Government is not able to stabilize the economy. Petrol and Diesel prices have increased by a large extent, the cost of LPG, without which no household can run, increases in cost by 50 over midnight! It would not be a stretch to call this economic terrorism at all because this eats right into the pockets of the aam-aadmi.

And what is worse is that this tax is not showing any results, its not clear where the tax is going.

Here is what i found out, Mumbai resident Chetan Kothari, filed the RTI application to get the travel details of ministers and after some hassle he obtained the following details.

Manmohan Singh has spent nearly Rs 120 crore in 2005 and 2006 on flight travel. That’s nearly 30 per cent of what has been spent in the last 10 years by the PM’s. Whats more shocking is the sudden business trips that our Union Cabinet Ministers take to their hometowns and that too on the weekends, the UPA Government ministers had lodged in more than 1 crore kilometers of foreign travel. Commerce Minister, Kamal Nath has been out of the country for 14 months out of his 42-month tenure and the expenditures come to Rs 1.81 crore.”

Charity begins at home, so Mr. Kamal Nath started by throwing tax payer’s money.

“I urge every citizen to conserve energy at every step, every minute of the day. Be it petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG, electricity or even water – let us learn to save and use efficiently. Let us reduce wasteful consumption of petrol,” – that was how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to the nation on Wednesday to bear with the fuel price hike. It is so ironical how a person who is portrayed so simplistic and advising fellow men to conserve energy actually ends up spending millions on his travel alone. Mr. Manmohan is plain reckless and irresponsible or he is also in the big pool of schizophrenic politicians.

Ministers are not expected to leave their cars and travel on bicycles but the common man would be impressed if they cut down their wasteful spending and act as leaders and role models in conserving the energy and resources like Shivraj Chouhan, CM of MP and Gopalkrishna Gandhi, guv of WB did by cycling to office and by turning off supply in the raj bhavan for 2 hrs daily, respectfully.

With the charitability of these ministers known, I do not feel charitable towards them with my vote.

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