Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Why is progress delayed?

When profits are scattered, there is no way to re-invest. Government makes profits through taxes but it is scattered away in offering subsidies. If subsidies are given, then expenditure on welfare can be reduced. But they are not. You cannot go on giving and giving. You will run out.
The pressure is on the simple citizen.Those with big incomes get away without paying taxes by making claims to dubious contribution to charitable trusts (or some other excuses) Ultimately the poor and the middle class foot the bill for progress. Petroleum is subsidised, and it is the rich people who make extensive use of this precious commodity.Only 8% of petroleum consumed is produced in India, the rest is imported. This costly commodity is imported at the cost of the common man.The reduction in funds in treasury for growth related programs is thus reduced. Because we are constantly caring for the consumption demands of the rich. One percent enjoys growth while 99% of India pays for it, for they know how to control the politicians who make it easy for them.From 55% tax rate has been reduced to 30% within last ten years for the top classes. This was done for "growth" (assuming that they would invest their profits again)
Roads which are constructed are used mostly by the rich. We discourage migration of the poor. They pose bigger problems when they move to urban India, and import of labour is regretted by local people. So what are people to do? Just watch the roads and not use it to travel to better places?Only those places connected by roads develop,those villages which do not touch roads and relegated to medieval India?We want roads, but we do not want migration.We pressurise people into impoverishment and helplessness. People do migrate and work at places far from their homes.
People need electricity. But remote places which have little scope for industries are kept without electricity.So scope of future prosperity has not reached them. So amidst civilisation, there are communities isolated in space and time(without any development), as if they are from a previous era.
In states like Gujarat, 15% of the population enjoys the benefits of growth and prosperity. The rest lies in medieval India. Government only uses the phrase"inclusive" in its various projects, but all progress is for an exclusive community--industrialists.
Where projects are made, land is acquired  from the ordinary citizens of India, but enough compensation is not made. Cost of land has multiplied several folds, and those who sell it can never buy a similar land anywhere. Those who are already poor are made poorer when their land is taken away from them.This is not development, but it is called growth of India.
Re-distribution of wealth comes with good governance but it has not happened here.The Indian people are becoming more impoverished on the name of growth.

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