Swachh Bharat cess will not get you a clean India

Government levies a Swachh Bharat cess of 0.5% on continual services. Inventing new tax plans on continual services to generate money for new schemes is not a good idea. A responsible government should identify fund lapses, improper utilisation of funds, surplus funds, and one-time tax heads to route money to new schemes. The Swachh Bharat cess is a prescient warning that we might soon see additional tax on continual services to generate funds for other central schemes.

Read my column on DailyO by India Today.

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