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1. Political Gimmickery - A need for change

In our country politics and political leaders have become so selfish that their ultimate motive is to grab the power and to earn money without thinking of the loss. They are making fool of the nation and the general public alike.


Their policies have created distance between the rich and the poor and made a huge gap between them making poor poorer and rich wealthier. The policies of the government are so politically motivated that they are only thinking of their vote bank only.

Recently, the government has hiked the pay scale of the government employees without considering the effect on daily wager and other employees attached with private sector. The government employees are getting three times what they were earning earlier while other employees/labor/daily earners are left with price hike only making their life hard to survive.

The partiality shown while drafting and implementing policies have created a huge gap between rich and poor and havae given and opportunity to the rich to grow richer. They have allowed poor to establish illegal juggis and colonies on government land and gave them identity cards for vote bank purpose. When NGOs remind the government that the land belongs to government and questions how it allowed illegal colonies to comeup, politicians play another racket under the banner of re-settlement and crores of rupees are siphoned off.

The government is not meant for only government employees, it is voted to power by all of us. Thinking only about one section of society is really discriminatory and partial even as most of the revenue is generated by sector other than the government. Therefore without participation of the private sector, the country cannot progress and survive.

Outsource the government department's work to private parties so that permanent staff under direct payroll are deduced and accountability is established.

Present system- A layman's assessment

  • The taxes are collected at various Govt. offices and go to a central pool via treasury receipts/challans ? state taxes to state treasury & central taxes to central treasury.
  • A large sum is spent by Govt. for evolving, managing and regulating such a tax recovery system.
  • The funds to be collected are allocated to different expenditure heads according to a budget. The budget is prepared after assessing demands of various sectors represented by various agencies / departments/ committees of Govt. . The demands are based on salaries & overhead expenses of employees in a sector like CAG office or requirements of an area assessed by MLA etc..
  • The funds actually collected are then disbursed as per budget and any escalation in expenditure Or shortfall in collections is recouped from central funds or higher state taxes in case of a state or from imposing higher central taxes or from reducing subsidies etc. or from accumulated or parked funds or by printing new notes in case of Centre.


Ills & pitfalls of above system ,which we all witness in our day to day life


They are many and the pinch is felt differently by different sections of society. Therefore the ill consequences are being short listed here broadly:-

  • The payee does not know where the taxes deposited/paid go and who is answerable for expenditure out of that and thus the public generally feel that their taxes are not being spent on them when they find poor services from Govt. departments;
  • All the taxes are first collected in treasury and then disbursed to various sections and thus leading to problem of availability of funds with a section at a particular point of time.
  • The system also generates the legacy of approval of files at various stages which contribute to delay in action and corruption and at many times essential works remain unattended for a long period;
  • The shortage of funds in the hands of the Govt. disables it to provide social security services to the public at large. It is a pity that general public has to arrange for it by themselves. Those who can not are normally responsible for crimes and poor road habits like spitting , chewing tobacco, throwing litter anywhere , hawking on pavements etc.The literate people finding no check on these menaces also have adopted these bad habits;
  • Tax recovery control being centralized ,i.e., not very near to the assesses,leads to the system of voluntary filing of tax returns under self assessment scheme. The scheme is being misused by both sides to the maximum thus leading to creation of a strong parallel economy , a black curse hindering our country?s path of development. .

An organisation under private public partnership be set Up  in each town or ward or locality (called areas selected) of a  state . It will be responsible for maintaining and or developing that  area  and for carrying out the  census of population and property owners in that area. Then a transparent taxation system based on paying capacity  of public residing or working there can be  evolved. And  50% of taxes collected can be spent for that area and the rest could be allocated to the  central pool for nation building and maintaing minimum possible ministries.

Once people  understand that the  taxes paid by them will be spent on their well being ,they will obey the rules set for them and will cooperate in all manners.  If the tax collection system  is  seen as transparent, any negligence or malpractice on the part of pub-pvt body shall be caught by the  tax payers of that area themselves.

3. Tips on making the election system user-friendly so as to increase the voting perecentage - By Ashok Goel

Why our system is not facilitating voting by means of ATM AND/OR Internet or Mobile ? These are very powerful means being adopted increasingly for any such exercise. There is a need to take steps for that. How can THE SYSTEM which feels satisfied just by calling the public-?PAPPU? ever try to understand why 50% public do not vote?
Whether our inefficient Govt. is not responsible for that? Or will it be more agreeable that those 50% are irresponsible, fools or donkeys ? Does this absence of 50% of the electorate not convey any message to the government or ?? Ignorance is Bliss??

I strongly feel that if leaders have faith in voting by that part of public who wish to use wisdom while casting vote, then voting should be made available by fast paced communication links like mobile, internet etc. and instead of being one day forced exercise it should be carried on till a week or a month.

However the leaders will not wish for above. After all why should they wish for that ? ? ? ? ? ?

Present system -



I suggest, as a very strong measure of increasing the polling percentage from the intelligentia, that every such 'no vote' should be divided by the number of candidates and the quotient should be placed as negative in front of all the candidates. Follow this and see the unimaginable  spurt in the polling percentage, instead of insulting the voters by saying 'pappu'. Our so-called netaas  know elections will be a tough battle then.

4. February 28, Budget- its analysis and relevance- By Arun Varshney

The general reaction to Budget?2011 is that it has not delivered much except providing some relief to the masses just to compensate the trauma generated by persistent high inflation. The relief given, in fact, is punctured by increasing service tax base and thus increasing cost of many more inputs/items used by the public. The dilution of many provisions, which could make the direct taxes simple, also shows that new Direct tax code which is to to come in force from 1.4.2012, also will not prove much effective in inducing people to pay taxes freely . GST also does not seem to make any dent to parallel cash economy.

Also increasing taxes every year (to increase gross receipts) shows that Govt. is not able to control or regulate expenditures under various heads. The logic that more funds are needed for increasing allocations to poor welfare schemes looses its relevance when it is not reported how many BPL are converted into APL and who are they? This year allocations to welfare schemes are as follows :

Regional Rural Banks Rs. 500 crore
India Micro Finance Equity Fund Rs. 100 crore
Women; Self Help Group?s Dev. Fund Rs. 500 crore
The Rural Infrastructure Dev. Fund Rs.18,000 crore
Rural Housing Fund Rs.3,000 crore
Fodder Dev. Program Rs.300 crores
Quality Vegetable , cereals, Proteins Dev. Rs. 900 crores
Green Revolution to Eastern Region Rs. 400 crore
Increasing NABARD Capital Base for Agr. Credit Rs. 3000 crore

Will it not be relevant if budget also contains summaries received from various states stating their share and how it will be spent and where ? villages/projects can be specified ? This should also be reported to public via news papers so as to enable them to make an yearly comparison and progress evaluation. This message must reach to our country planners.

Thus the Budget?2011 presents a very grim picture and highlights that the think tank of our country is not able to present or implement any new idea. They should think and strive hard to adopt the solutions being provided to them by intellectuals like the ? OPEN LETTER TO OUR LEADERS? written by a group of 14 prominent and well regarded citizens to express alarm at the ? governance deficit? in? government, business and institutions? , and underline the urgent need to tackle the ?malaise of corruption, which is corroding the fabric of our nation?( refer TOI dt. 18.1.2011). They can think over the ?civic services reforms? provided in this site.

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