Monday, January 08, 2007

Jaago Grahak Jaago



As I start my tax planning on the 11th hour, I keep wondering why I am doing this. Not the planning part, but the paying part. Why should I pay the Government of India? I don't pay any one just like that, for nothing! After all I am not the GOI. The Government can pay people because they are poor (probably because they are lazy, un-innovative or simply dumb), or because someone's husband/son picked up fight with another community and got killed in that.

And The Government is going to pay all these morons from my money that I pay as Income Tax. While the one who has paid, gets back traffic congestion, power cuts, terrorist threats and much more. While I should get my money's worth, somebody else is getting something he hasn't even made an effort for.

When I pay someone for some benefits/services he offers me in return, I am the consumer of his services. By this logic, can I sue the Govt. of India for misusing my tax?

I, as a tax payer should have the right to decide how my tax should be utilized. After providing me with some basic services, like water, electricity, roads, security etc. the Govt. may utilize the rest for the "benefit of the poor". Can such a system evolve? Arre yaaar. A new system in India needs to go through the democratic process. That means...will write about that tomorrow.





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