It seems there are no ends to the woes of common man. Very soon the holes in your pockets shall run deeper. The Government of India is planning to levy an additional surcharge on the tax that you are already paying. It will be an education cess of 1%. Note that this cess will be in addition to the 3% education cess that you’re already paying. As proclaimed by the government, the amount collected under health cess shall be used to fund its ambitious free healthcare project. This is really a strange premise for the collection of a tax surcharge in a country like India! Aren’t we already paying our regular taxes for this? Then why this additional health cess? There can be ‘n’ number of basic public welfare activities in the name of which a common man’s earnings can be axed, but the question is – is he really required to pay additional taxes for them? Citizens are already paying their regular taxes and the funds required for the public welfare activities should be utilized from this taxation amount. I believe that the government has failed to realize that the common man is already struggling with staggering inflation and an additional 1% of health cess will make the matters worse.
Citizens have no inclination to pay additional taxes for free health-care projects when they know that their hard-earned money is adequately funding Suresh Kalmadi’s vested interests or thousands of other corruption scandals which are aptly helping the Swiss economy. And needless to mention the government’s abject failure in implementing public welfare schemes!