Ques­tions in the New Year

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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.

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