Questions in the New Year
As we walk into the third week of the New Year, I have a few questions to ask everyone—from the government to the different agencies to each of you. I am sure that many of you will also have the same questions and must be looking for some public platform or forum to ask these.
Question #1: For those of you in Delhi, did the odd even formula work? And for those not in Delhi, can this model be replicated?
Like me, you all must be looking for unbiased answers without being colored by political inclinations. Whatever be the merits or demerits of the scheme, once it was enforced, it must be the endeavor of all to implement it successfully without raising obstacles just for the sake of it. After all, pollution is an issue that impacts all citizens irrespective of your political color. The jury is out on whether the move succeeded in causing perceptible drop in pollution, but at least it has shown that (unlike as thought previously) most common citizens of NCR are willing to give it a try.
As to whether this should be replicated in other cities however depends on the local conditions. The number of cars in other cities are much less than Delhi, public transport is stronger in some places, weather situation dictates pollution levels in many places—keep all these in mind before going for a one jacket fits all solution.
Question #2: Will GST be finally implemented in 2016?
This has become a straightforward political gamesmanship issue. When UPA was in power and trying to implement it, BJP was opposing it; now the tables have reversed. Everyone needs to come above political brownie points to make this a success. However, what all these political machinations have shown is lots of creases are there in GST itself. So the important point is not whether GST is passed as a law or not, but that each state gets a level playing fair field. And we need to enure that something like the Maharashtra LBT is not repeated.
Question #3: What will be the fate of the digital startups in 2016?
I do not expect much to change except some more rationalization leading to some cutting more flabs. However, since funding will continue this year, more of these e-commerce setups will continue to flourish. The bubble is likely to burst in 2017.