Prefer change or loose change?

Which one would they pick at this mo­ment in time for In­dia? On Bud­get Day, four comics take sides

The Economic Times - - Front Page - RAD­HIKA VAZ ARUNABH KU­MAR CYRUS BROACHA SORABH PANT

“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

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