Prefer change or loose change?
Which one would they pick at this moment in time for India? On Budget Day, four comics take sides
“I am looking forward to seeing what funds are allocated to improving law enforcement so we can assure women some level of safety outside the home. Or do we stay indoors with our 500 grams of gold and pressure cookers? I am also looking forward to learn if in India white is finally the new black.” “With the GST coming up, I am hoping that there are some good measures that come into force. There should be less taxation for startups. One problem that I hope gets solved is the extra charge on cashless transactions. There is a one or two per cent extra charge when you use your card, so I hope that is removed. This will help India become truly cashless, as the extra charge makes many prefer cash to cards.” “It’s too bad that the budget is coming out prior to Valentine’s Day. I always used it as an excuse to cancel plans with my wife. Now that the budget will be out before, I am in trouble. Also I am hoping that we get some transparency about all the additional taxes and cess that we pay. Some of them are ridiculous, so I would like to know where my money goes. Also, there should be some sort of rating, which lets us decide as common citizens how good or bad the budget is.” “The entire bill making process is a huge pain because of various elements. My shows take an hourand-a-half, but making the bills takes me much longer than that. I am hoping that there is an easier way to make bills and the elements are reduced. Also as an entertainer, we need less taxes to be imposed on entertainment. After my shows, the government ends up making more money out of it than me. Also with the GST, there are some changes that will benefit the nation, so I am looking forward to seeing that implemented.” — As told to Maleeva.Rebello@timesgroup.com