To give economy a substantive push out of box thinking is greatly called for. Budget provides an opportunity for this. Thus, Sanjeev Surolia suggests a few steps that the Finance Minister could well take to give economy a quantum jump.
When the people of India were reeling under the high inflation, reducing employment opportunities, increasing corruption and completely demotivating environment for setting up new business, industry or implementing any entrepreneurial idea, they found a ray of hope in Narendra Modi and voted him to power with huge majority which was not seen in last 30 years in India. The middle class and the youth expected that rather than giving out the doles, the new Government would focus on creating opportunities for them which will create an enabling environment for growth in the country. The first two budgets of the Government of India under Narendra Modi have completely belied the expectation and the atmosphere of gloom and disappointment is catching them up once again. The following ideas, if implemented, would definitely change the growing disappointment in the country and would once again instil the confidence and enthusiasm among the masses.
1. Streamlining the Income tax :
The present Income-tax Act has been designed in such a way that rather than giving some confidence to the people, it inculcates a sense of fear in them. People in general, tend to devise ways by which they can remain out of the ambit of the Income-tax Act. The tax jargon is so fearing that people tend to transact most of their daily chores in cash rather than keeping any trail by making it through the banking system or the card system. There was a time when it was very difficult to track the expenses and put tax on money spend.
But no, with the advent of modern technologies and increased compliances, almost all the services and expenditure have been brought under the Service and Expenditure Tax system. The time has come now to do away with the Income Tax. Government of India should take the first step of changing the present Income-tax Act in a drastic way. The tax liability can be defined only in two lines that is income up to Rs. 25 Lakhs should be exempted from Income-tax and income above Rs. 25 Lakhs should be taxed at the rate of 20%. There should not be any provision of any deduction in any form beyond the given limit in the Income Tax Act. The filing of the Income-tax Return should be mandatory whether it is taxable or not. This will ensure that most of the people will come out of the Income Tax purview. This would instil a confidence in them in doing their transaction through plastic money i.e.,credit card or debit card etc., or through the banking system. Similarly, the Tax rate for the companies should also be reduced and brought down to 20%. This two steps will mitigate the problem of the black money which is eating away the wealth of the nation on one hand and creating the dual economy of black and white, widening the gaps between rich and poor, causing inflation in the prices of commodities as well as the land, building and gold etc., on the other. This will also ensure that Income Tax Department would simplify the Tax system of the country.
The Department would have to deal with only serious assessees. The Govt may think of doing this in a phased manner over three years time.
To begin with the Income upto Rs. 10 lakhs may be exempted from Tax.Next year it can be Rs. 17.5 lakhs and next to that it can be Rs. 25 Lakhs as proposed.
2. Re-Introduction of Wealth tax :
While my above suggestion for reducing the Income-tax rate from the existing 30% for the individual and 35% for the company to 20% would theoretically reduce the collection of Income-tax and cost to the exchequer a lot as would be felt and thought by many economists or the bureaucrats of the country. My idea is that the reduced rate of Income-tax for both individual and the company would ensure better compliance and the collection of the tax would increase. It will also ensure a good riddance from the problem of Fake Indian currency Notes (FICN) and the black money used by people which is artificially increasing the prices of commodities and land and building. My proposal is that the wealth tax should be reintroduced in the country. In past, while making such experimentation with wealth tax, a good number of exemptions in one way or the other were given which had made a mockery of the wealth tax imposition. It has also given an opportunity to the tax authorities to convince the Government in powerto do away with the wealth tax system as the collection would be too less.
My proposal is that wealth tax should be imposed for all wealth with an individual or Company or Trust or any other organization. The wealth should be considered to be all immovable assets like land, building, gems, jewellery, precious items and semi-movable assets, cars and shares. Wealth up to Rs. 5 crores should be exempted from any wealth tax. Wealth over and above Rs. 5 crores should be taxed at the rate of 1% in a particular Financial Year. To begin with the rate of Wealth Tax can be kept to be 0.5%. No other exemptions should be allowed in this wealth tax. Giving a limit of Rs. 5 crores for the individual and no concessions for the companies. It would ensure that 90%of the middle class or upper middle class people would come out of the ambit of the wealth tax regime. The reduced rate of Income-tax on the companies would be made up by the imposition of wealth tax upon them. This would be a very judicious payment of tax as those high network individuals would be subjected to 1% of their wealth as wealth tax which is very minimal forwhatever position they have. In India, people are trying to possess more and more in terms of land, building, flats, gold, silver, gems, jewellery, shares, cars, etc., because Government is totally failing to target them to bring them in the ambit of the judicious tax regime. By allowing pumping of black money into property and gold, the prices of land,building, and gold have increased 5 to 50 times during the UPA regime from 2014-14. When the UPA Government came in power in the year 2004, the price of the gold was Rs. 5,850 per 10 gram and it reached to Rs. 30,710 per 10 gram in 2014 when the UPA Government demitted office. Even a fool would understand that investing in gold is more lucrative as there is 5 hundred per cent return in just 10 years times.
Making an average of 50% return per year. The entire savings of the country got diverted into land, building, gold etc., which is a totally non-productive area of investment. The country which has such a huge habit of saving, block their entire money in such non-productive assets and to some extent in the non required land, building and gold just to gain benefit in future in terms of price rise because of the huge black money would continue get pumped into it. The entrepreneurship of the country was killed during these 10 years. The younger generation was totally unmotivated to venture into any new business activity or to do any start ups. The country ran on the agenda of US and China where all manufacturing industries have shifted to China and our industrialists and entrepreneurs became just the traders. The entire intellectual industry like Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc., had shifted to USA which were rising leaps and bounds only because of the Indian students working for them while our country was remaining hungry as ever. Our successive Prime Minister have been found bowing their head in front of these foreign investment groups, requesting them to come to India for investment while there was no such environment to promote the business in this country.
3. Make in India success :
The present Government under Narendra Modi is striving its best to ensure success of the make in India programme. They are inviting the entrepreneurs from across the globe to come and Make in India. But how this Make in India would be successful. We also need to look into the present condition of the Indian Industrialists, businessmen and entrepreneurs and to ask ourselves whether it is lucrative for them to Make in India or import from China.
How would we be able to compete with the Chinese production and the cheaper rate at which they produce and export to us? The basic tenants of cheaper production lies in five things:-
a. The funds should be available to start any business or manufacturing of any item;
b. The interest rate should be minimal i.e. in the range of 3 to 5% at the max;
c. The land for setting up of the business should be available and should be cheaper;
d. The skilled and cheaper manpower should be available; &
e. The labour laws should be progressive and should not hamper the functioning of the business.
Unless and until these five things are properly addressed by the Government, it would be extremely difficult to succeed in the Make in India initiative of the present Government.
My above proposition to ensure wealth tax at the rate of 1% would definitely lead to taking out undesired land from the clutches of unscrupulous businessmen who are holding these big land parcels only for the sake of gaining profit in future by the increased value of the land.
If these lands come out of their hand and all this Benami position of land is exposed the land prices would come to less than 20% of the present level. If this be the level of the land prices, it would be very easy for any genuine entrepreneur to set up his business and start business activity over it.
Similarly, the rate of interest is also required to be brought down drastically. Nowhere in the world, is the rate of interest more than 5%.All those countries who have seen success in manufacturing and other activities have been very successful in bringing down the rate of interest below 5%. In India, the rate of interest for the businessman is more than 10%. In informal market, the rate of interest varies from 18% to 36% which is abnormally high and any business is bound to fail as the earning is nowhere more than 6% to 10% in any business. The Government should give 10% rate of interest to all the Jan Dhan accounts having deposits up to Rs. 25,000. Similarly, the 10% rate of interest can be paid to the PF account for an annual contribution of upto Rs. 50,000 only. Any deposit in the accounts more than the aforesaid limit should get the return as per the market rate which can be from 0 to @ 1% at the max. This will ensure that the poor and low income group people will get reasonably high rate of interest for their savings while those affluent people having superfluous money in their Saving Bank/Current Account etc, will get a very nominal interest which will bring down the cost of deposits to the bank concern. This will also enable banks to lend money at a very reasonable rate i.e. well than 5% rate of interest.
Recently, Government of India had announced the Gold Monetisation Scheme which had failed drastically. In the first month of its announcement, only 400 agreement of Gold was deposited in the Gold Monetisation Scheme. Government should immediately implement the wealth tax as proposed by me above. It should be mandatory upon every individual, Trust, HUF, or others to declare whatever gold, if more than the limit which can attract wealth tax that is if more than Rs. 5 crores in value along with their other assets. If anybody fails to declare his gold and the same is found later in course of any search, the same should be confiscated to the State without any opportunity. The big trusts in India like those belonging to previous rulers of the country have huge deposit of gold with them and the same is not declared in the public. Government should encourage them to deposit gold in the Gold Monetisation Scheme and earn around 2.5% interest as promised in the scheme. If the same exceeds Rs. 5 crores in the value along with the other assets, they will also have to pay wealth tax at the rate of 1%. India is importing around 800 tons of gold every year for last 60 years. India is known to be a “Golden Sparrow” for time immemorial. It is expected that a similar quantum of gold has been imported in India for last one thousand years also. If the said quantum is correct then, there should be a gold reserve of not less than 5 lakhs ton in India itself. If Government succeeds in getting around 50 thousand tons of gold disclosed, it would be a huge success to the Gold Monetisation Scheme. The banks, who will keep this gold in the Gold Monetisation Scheme, should be able to utilize the gold with them as a Cash Reserve Ratio component. They would be able to lend more money to the entrepreneurs in India at a very low rate of interest at the cost of money to Bank would be around maximum 3%. This would revolutionise the Indian money market and would bring a boom in the infrastructure industry in the country. The trillions of dollars’ worth of money would become available and many countries would come begging to our doors requesting for investment in their country rather than what is happening today that we are forced to beg to the whole of the world for investment in India.
The next is the need of skilled manpower in the country. As time and again told by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, that India is a very young country. 65% of population of India is of less than 35 years of age. But, at the same time, the youth of the country is directionless. They do not have any training in a particular skill which they can use for making a living. The types of industries coming up and the type of Manpower required would be known to us. The HRD Ministry can forecast the requirements in any particular stream for next 10 years. We also need to take out excess people engaged in agriculture sector as the kind of production we need from agriculture can be achieved by hardly 10 to 20% people instead of the present level of 60% population engaged and dependant on the farm sector. We can also see what kinds of disciplines are being taught in various universities or institutions. The demand supply gap can be understood by this projection. Efforts can be taken to bridge this demand supply gaps and thus the manpower would be available for which there can be demand and no youth will remain unemployed. If these parameters of lower interest rate reducing the price of land and building and developing the skilled manpower is achieve, no force at earth can stop India becoming the hub of manufacturing activities in the world. The whole of the world will look forward to us for giving jobs to their wards. The situation would be totally reversed. Our NRIs would come back to India and many foreigners would also come to India seeking jobs and making a living for them.
4. Change the inflation calculator:
There was a time when Roti, Kapda aur Makaan (Food, Clothing & Shelter) used to be the prime demand of the people of India. Any increase in the prices of food items would lead to high inflation in the country. The amount spends on this (Food, Clothing & Shelter) would have consumed 80% of what a common citizen of India would have earned in a month. The time has changed. The Budget component of the common citizen of India has also changed. Newer items have become very important in the present day life style. The money spent on mobile phones, travel, entertainment, education of children etc., have become very important in present day situation. The money spent on food,clothing & shelter is barely 25% of the earning of the common citizen of India. The remaining 75% is being spent on other items. In such a changed scenario how can we still lay emphasis only upon the prices of food items, vegetables, fruits, etc. and project the inflation on the basis of the same. I, thus, strongly suggest that the inflation calculator should be immediately changed where only 25% weight is given to food items and rest 75% should include other component which has become useful and more important in the lifestyle of the people of India. This will truly reflect the burden of inflation on the people of the country. What is presently being shown by media today is that if the onion prices increase from 20 rupees to 60 rupees, then, the whole of the Budget of the Indian people has been disturbed. In real situation, it is not true. It is hardly impacting only 2% to 5% of his Budget, if at all. The farmers are committing suicides in the country. They are not getting the right prices for their produce. If some prices increase happens in fruits, vegetables,etc. it is not going to impact in such a big way that media is allowed to make a hue and cry out of this and change the course of discussion in the country. It is, therefore, inescapably necessary that the inflation calculator is immediately changed.
5. Work on Strengthening the Demand Supply Gap:
While discussing the inflation scenario in the country I had pointed out that the burden of food items is not more than 25% in the Budget of the common people of India. So, the price rise in the fruits and vegetables should, therefore, not be a matter of hue and cry, normally.Therefore, we also need to understand as to what is leading to the price rise of consumable items which is impacting budget of the common people. In India, more than 1 lakh crore worth of fruits and vegetables are perished every year. Many a times, farmers do not even bring their produce in the market because the price fetched by selling the same in the market would be less than the cost of transporting the same from the farm to the market. Thus, the same is allowed to rot or perished in the farm itself. This clearly shows that there is a gap in understanding the demand and supply by the Government authorities. The unscrupulous business operators have understood it better than the Government officials or may be in connivance of the Government officials and they take advantage of this demand supply gap and make exorbitant profit by selling their items at a very high price in the market. Many a times an artificial shortage is created and they dispose off their hoarded stock at a high price and make windfall gains. God has always been very kind on all of us, the citizen of the world. The mother earth is rotating in such a way that there is variation of weather in various parts of the globe. If we have winters in India, then, there is scorching heat and summer somewhere else as well. Somewhere it is autumn and somewhere it is spring. I mean to say that the variety of seasons in various parts of the globe is leading to cultivation and harvesting of the same kind of crops in different parts of the globe at different point of time. The average daily demand and availability of the stock is supposed to be available in the country. If the Government is spending such a huge money on various organizations under it for the same job, this demand supply gap can be understood well in advance. All necessary arrangements can be made to bridge this demand supply gap. If it is properly implemented there is no chance that there would be unnecessary price rise of any commodity. The present day advancement of technology and advent of irradiation technology has enabled the possibility of preservation of important daily use items like potato, onion, garlic, etc. and also to increase the shelf life of many other such items. Potato and onion can be preserved for around 10 months without any decay of whatsoever kind if the same is irradiated. Many advanced countries of the world are ready to come forward to set up these irradiation centers in various parts of the country so that these vegetables and fruits can be preserved for longer time than what is happening today. This is also going to be highly cost effective in terms of money as price of irradiation and of storage would be hardly Rs.2 to 5 per kilo even for 9 months period. The rest is the matter of supply chain management. This can ensure that onions and potatoes which is staple diet would remain available throughout the country at a very low prices throughout the year and would bring happiness on the face of the farmers on the one hand and consumers on the other. This would also minimize the wastage or more than Rs. 1 lakh crore worth of fruits and vegetables in the country which will also go in the pocket of farmers of the country. It will also reduce the burden on the Budget of the country and would bring cheers on the face of the farmers. Therefore, the same need to be given a top priority.
6. Strengthen the Rupee:
When the country became independent, 1 $ and 1 Rupee used to be of the same value. Till the year 2000, the Dollar used to be of around 30 Rupees. And the same has reached to Rs. 67 as of now. It seems that some “brilliant” advisors of the Government have advised them that the rupee should be further devalued so that the exports of the country would increase by this continuous act of devaluation of rupee.
Government has also allowed the unscrupulous businessman to have forged exports bills and faith in the Indian currency has been eroded to a great extent. While total import of the country is Rs. 30 lakhs crores every year the export is only 20 lakhs crores rupees. I believe that 50% of that export is forged and is only paper entry. If the rupee become stronger at least the imports bills would be less. We have a population of 125 crore people in the country. We are more than 30 Nations of the world. We should focus on improving the business of one States with the other in the country itself, which would suffice in increasing the economy and the per capita in the country. By allowing the rupee to depreciate, no investor is ready to come as he is likely to get a diminishing return from the country. Recently, an investor group has come forward and desired that if a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is done at 5.5 cents per unit of solar generated electricity, they are ready to set up more than 100 gigawatt solar power panels in the country. But the only condition was that the PPA should be in Dollar terms and not in Rupees because they do not have failed in Indian currency. If we can turn the table by strengthening the rupee by 10% every year, many people would come to invest their money in India because by doing so,the rate of return is already 10% plus. The PPA which is presently being done at 5.5 cents and costing Rs. 3.75 per unit would become less than rupee 2 per unit and the grid parity with thermal would become a reality.
India would be seen as a country to emulate by the whole of the world as we would be having huge solar power and other renewable energy in the country. This will also contribute in improving the eco-system and the climate of the world. We should take a pledge to improve our currency and strengthen the rupee by minimum 10% every year for the next 10 years. The crude prices are going to go further down. If 200 or 500 gigawatt of solar energy is set up in the country and if a better storage ofpower and battery solutions becomes a reality, the energy security of the country would reach to a different level. The dependance on the fossil fuel and crude etc. would be minimal. The pollution etc would be the talk of the past. The country would become a different place to stay.
7. How To Bridge The Gap of Import And Export:
While discussing above that a weaker rupee does not improve export. Our imports which is anytime more would become even costlier.
The following steps would help in bridging the gap of import and export in the country:-
a) The stronger rupee as discussed above would bring down the import bills. The export bill will also come down but most of our export to my knowledge is not genuine and only paper entry, so the “forged export” reduction will not harm the country.
b) Resently, we are not focusing on the fact that more than 10 lakh students are going abroad for studies every year. On an average, Rs. 1 crore is being spent by them for a period of 4 years. This makes it a total of around 20 billion dollars of Indian money going out of India to fund these studies every year. What channel of sending the money abroad is being used is for the Government to ascertain but these 20 billion dollars going out for 4 year’s study equals to $80 billion every year. If effort is made to improve educational institutions here in India it would be a sufficient amount to bridge the deficit of the country. We have not focused on developing our educational institutions. What is shameful on our part is that, in the present day scenario most of the students in foreign universities are Indian. At the same time, most of the teachers in these foreign universities are also Indians. It is travestis to know that only to use a foreign platform, the country is allowing $100 billion to go out every year. If we allow a world class facility educational institutions in India even the foreign students would start coming here. The cost of study would be much cheaper for Indian students as well as for the foreign students which will bring huge foreign currency in the country and bridge the gap of import to export.
c) Our country is a great destination for tourism. The present scenario of terrorism and its attack on even European countries, people would prefer to come to India for tourism purposes. More than that, we have special thing to give to the people of world. The country has a USP which is “peace”. We should market peace in the world. All places belonging to Mahatma Buddha are in India except his birth place Lumbini. There are more than 150 crores Buddhists in the world. Most of them are in developed nations like China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. If we developed these Buddhists sites and provide world class facilities over there and market these Buddhists circuit to them, we can attract not less than 1 crore people in the country every year. It can be promoted on the line of Hajj pilgrimage undertaken by Muslims for visiting Mecca & Madina. These 1 crore people would bring in foreign currencies worth more than 50 billion US Dollars every year which will also bridge the gap of foreign earnings. This will also improve the localtourism and solve the unemployment problems.
8. Demonetization Of Rs. 5oo and Rs. 1000 Notes:
In India, if anyone spends Rs. 20,000 or more in cash, the same is not an allowable expenditure as per Income-tax Act. It has been stated by Government of India in the Supreme Court that any person who is earning Rs. 32 per day in the urban areas and Rs. 28 per day in the rural areas is not poor. By simple calculation, for a family of five, it comes to roughly Rs. 5,000 per month. It means that anyone who is earning Rs.5,000 or more per month in a family of five persons, where other four people are not earning, is not below the poverty line. Despite this approx. 40% people in the country are below poverty line. That means 40% people of the country have no capacity to spent Rs. 20,000 in a month. Even if we increase this limit of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per month, 85% population of the country would be covered. Even these 85% people of the country would not normally spend more than Rs 20,000 in a single cash transaction. It would also not be out of place to mention that more than Rs. 10,000 crore worth of Fake Indian currency Notes (FICN) are pumped in Indian economy every year by Pakistan based terrorist organizations or ISI, most of which are in Rs. 500 or Rs.1,000 denomination. Going by aforesaid discussion, it would be clear that 85% people of the country have no capacity to spend Rs. 20,000 in a single transaction. The remaining 15% would not spend Rs. 20,000 or more in cash as it would not be an allowable expenditure. The FICN is being pumped in in the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination. Then, why we should not demonetise these Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes. These 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes are used to bribe the Government officials and politicians, to artificially increased the price of gold, land and building or for other wasteful expenditure which is bringing social evils amongst the youth. The Government should immediately demonetize these 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. To begin with, the Government can declare that notes printed before 1January, 2010 will not be admissible currency from 1stApril, 2016. Next year, notes printed before 1January, 2015 should not be an admissible currency and, thereafter, in 2018, we can completely demonetize Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes. The Government has given permission to 11 entities to set up their Payment Banks which is a welcome move. They should be asked to keep a photo of the note on their mobile app to enable even the rural people to make payment with ease. This step will revolutionise banking system of the country. The price of land, building, gold and other things would drastically come down and affordable housing would become a reality.
Government should also impose a Cash Transaction Tax (CTT) of 1% on any transaction of more than Rs. 50,000 per month. If someone withdraw or deposit money more than Rs. 50,000 in a month, he will have to pay 1% CTT. Similarly, all payments made by credit card, debit card, RTGS, other banking medium or payment bank should be at par and no surcharge of any kind should be levied. Presently, the business organizations are charging 2% for making payments by credit card which is a wrong move.
9. Reward for information:
The Government should immediately implement the declaration of assets under Lokpal mandatory for all the Government officials. My suggestion is that three thing which are at present considered to be asset in the country should be converted into liability. First of which is Government service and the politics which is considered to be a prime asset for any family. If anybody gets selected in any Government service or if somebody gets a position in politics, the status of the family goes very high. Government service and the politics should be a medium to do service to the people of the country. All assets should be made mandatory to be declared under Lokpal Act. Government should also announce a scheme of reward of up to 5 to 10% for giving information of any undisclosed gold and jewellery and other immovable, semi-movable assets of anyone who has not declared it. Similarly, the benami properties, if, informed should also attract a reward of 5 to 10%. This will ensure that the imposition of wealth tax cannot be escaped by keeping the assets hiding or by keeping it in the names of someone else.
This will ensure complete accounting and the revenue realization by the tax authorities would touch the zenith. This will also bring transparency among the public services. My second suggestion was to make land and building and gold a liability. People are trying to amass more and more land, building, flats, jewellery, gold, silver, cars, etc. people are trying to earn by way of lending their money on interest or by letting out their properties on rank. Those people who are giving employment to someone and struggling to earn are not getting respect in the society. On the other hand, those people who are not working at all but earning by lending money or by way of rent are becoming respectful in the society.
The Government should ensure that these things become a liability. If Government implements my aforesaid scheme of reward they will get huge information and almost everything would be accounted for and doing business would become much easier.
10. Right to Time Bound Delivery of Services:
I always used to ponder as to why people in India want to join the Government service than a job in the private company. The answer to this was quite simple. First is that there is job security, even if you do your work or not do your work, you cannot be dismissed from your service, normally. The second thing was a sinecure position that means even you if you do not do anything you are safe, you don’t have to work hard, you can just come, spend you day and go back your home. You will get all benefits of Government housing, Government car, Government office, TA/DA, guaranteed holidays, and health care facilities etc. In a way, it can be said that you become a son-in-law of the Government. The third important thing is that in Government service there is a possibility of earning money through bribe. The Government needs to reverse all these things. The job security should not be there. The time bound promotion should be taken away. After a certain level, it is only merit which should prevails. The Government officers should also compete with the private people to reach higher in the echelons of the Government job. Most the State Governments and Government of India have enacted a law for Right to Public Services and time bound delivery of services. The services which various departments of the Government are supposed to render to the public have also been identified. The period within which the service should be provided has also been fixed.The penalty for not delivering the services has also been incorporated.Now what is to be done is that this Act should be implemented in the letter and spirit. Anyone who fails to deliver the services in a time bound manner should be penalized. And his salary should be net off what he was supposed to get as a pay in a month and what penalty should be deducted for having failed to deliver the services in a time bound manner. In addition to this, the Government should also ensure that maximum information should be available online. The services delivery kiosks can be set up in various parts of the country including in the rural areas where the unemployed youth can do this small business and would earn their livelihood by collecting the application for various services and providing information in a time bound manner. Any Govt servant who fails to give information in time should be penalized for the same. This will make the Government services less attractive and there would not be any agitation for including a particular caste or creed or religion to be eligible for getting reservation in the Government jobs as what I believe that there would be no takers for doing this kind of serious Government job in their life. Only those having zeal to serve public will come forward.
11. Right to Resources:
At present, Government is collecting tax on the people who are earning more than a particular level of income. They are spending in the social sector to a great extent to help those who are poor and cannot afford the healthcare, education on their own. Government is also providing subsidized ration to these people by way of the controlled or fair price shop. Government is also providing them jobs under MNREGA. The travesty of the situation is that people are producing more number of children and remaining poor by being unable to take care of these children. Those who are abiding by the Government norms of two children are suffering. My suggestion to the Government is that Government should announce a policy that anyone who produces only one child will get ration and other Government facilities at a very very cheaper rate. Those who are producing two children will get it at a cheaper rate but those who are producing three children should be issued a red card and the prices of all the things should be higher.
Anyone who is producing more than three children should be debarred from becoming eligible for any ration in the Fair Price Shops, any education for his wards in the Government schools, any treatment of his family in the Government hospitals, any job under the MNREGA scheme, any right to contest the election or even any right to cast his vote. The Government should not discriminate on the basis of caste,creed or religion. Government should only pass the order that anyone who has more than two or three children will be debarred from all these Government benefits. One who has the capability to produce more number of children without adhering to the Government policy and norms he should be able to live his life on his own without any support from the Government. He should be able to take care of himself without any Government support whatsoever. This will ensure equitable distribution of the resources of the country among the deserving citizens of the nation. Those who are paying the taxes would also be satisfied that the money paid by them in terms of taxes is being spent on those people who are contributing and building the nation. The level of education in the country will rise, the health and other issues would be handled in better way and there would be good learning for those who take pride in defying the Government norms and continuously project themselves as poor. The suckers of the Government money would be taught lessons and everyone would be contributing in making the nation a great place. The Government would thereafter be in a position to take care of the social security of every person in the country after the age of 60 years without much difficulty and the resources of the country would not be drained on unnecessarily spending on those who are trying to vitiate the plans of the nation.
I, therefore, humbly suggest that if my aforesaid suggestion are implemented in the forthcoming Budget and incorporated in the policies of the Government, it will drastically change the nation as a whole. The present Government is expected to take some pathbreaking decisions which is far away from the run of the mill decisions taken by the previous Government. If this Government is unable to take such great decision then perhaps no Government in near future would be able to take such a well defined course to uplift the country and its people to a different level.