Much has been said since yesterday about Rahul Gandhi’s speech in the Lok Sabha. His sudden found oratory skills and his yet-to-get-rid of goof ups when he called the Speaker as Madam.
This usually happens when Politics gets involved. It was Rahul Gandhi firing questions and Narendra Modi at the receiving end, so the viewer was obviously passionate with a bias from both the sides.
But let’s take the bias out of the picture. Let’s eliminate Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi from the situation (not literally, of course) and let’s focus on the points raised.
The Amnesty Scheme:
Do you think the Amnesty scheme (and I avoid calling it the Fair and Lovely scheme) is a fair scheme?
People have been hoarding black money from ages and have been using it to buy stuff too, like land for example.
Do you think they should be allowed to declare whatever black money they have left, pay tax on it with a small penalty and get away Scot free?
So, the people who have been honestly paying their taxes should just curse themselves for not having done the same?
The Make In India:
While the Make in India scheme, at the onset, looks to be a fine one has it really generated any jobs? And don’t say that one has to wait for a few more years to undo what was done in 60 years. It’s not as if the entire population was jobless for the last 60 years.
Has the new Schemes like these actually developed jobs?? How many new recruits have your company hired? What is the percentage of it? Also compare it with how many people were told to leave.
How many new companies have come in? And please don’t tell me about the MoUs signed. I am one of the people who have signed those MoUs so I know exactly what that is about. I am just not saying anything about it because I don’t want to blow the bubble and would like people to retain their hope that something good would actually happen.
Ease of Doing Business:
Has doing business become easy? How many of you are actually doing business? Has it become easier for you?
Do you now not have to pay the Taxmen under the table? The Excise people? The VAT people? The Factory Inspectors? The Labour Inspectors? Have they stopped demanding money from you?
If your answer to this is Yes, please tell me where you are located and I will float a petition to include my City and my State in that India of yours.
Crude oil Prices:
Is it not a fact that the Crude oil prices have internationally come down from $130 to #35 (give or take a few dollars). Has this benefit been passed on to the common man? Are you buying fuel at cheaper prices where you live, in the same proportion as the fall in the Oil prices?
The last I heard the Diesel rates have gone up, which basically means the Transport rates will go up to.
And don’t talk about the Fuel been de-regularised now. The Prices have been maintained by the Government charging more Taxes on the fuel.
So if you are actually paying less for your fuel, proportional to the International drop in the Crude oil price, please tell me where you live, I don’t mind relocating.
Do you think the EPF tax is fair? First the Government forces you to give them a part of your salary. EPF is a compulsory deduction. Then the Government does not let you take out your own savings without taxing it. Remember that, EPF was a fund which most middle class people used to rely on for buying a house or getting their daughters married off.
Does this Tax seem to be a good thing to happen for you?
Now, perhaps you would like to answer these questions.
Not to me, but answer them to yourself.
And if you think everything is Perfect, then congratulations to you and you can declare that I am biased.
Yes, Yes, I know. This is all good for the country, it will improve the economy by 2030, why didn’t I ask these questions when Congress was in power, why am I asking these questions when Jawans are sacrificing their lives at the border (Respect to them) and What about Malda.
The post on points raised by Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha was first published by Darshan Mondkar on his facebook timeline
Disclaimer: For all NRIs who plan to come preaching to me about how the situation in India has changed, while I live in India and you dont, remember that I am fervently praying to your God that Donald Trump becomes the next POTUS.
(Bharat Mata ki Jai ….. Just to be safe)