Satyamev Jayate – Where does our money go? – 4th Episode

Hello Friends,

We are going straight to the topic which was the highlight of today’s show. It started off with the story of 4 servants and an owner. The story related to the present day’s situation of the citizens and the government of India. We saw a footage where people educated or not, still are unaware of what Tax is. We saw the share of taxes we pay which is as under

SMJ - 4What is direct tax?

A Direct tax is a kind of charge, which is imposed directly on the taxpayer. The examples of direct tax include property tax and income tax. Alternatively, it can be said that a direct tax is one that is taken away from one’s salary or wages. When the tax is imposed by the government upon the property, then it is called property tax, which is also a direct tax. The liability to pay the tax falls upon the same person to whom the tax is imposed; the liability to pay the tax cannot be shifted on another person.

What is Indirect tax?

An indirect tax (such as sales tax, a specific tax, value added tax (VAT), or goods and services tax (GST) is a tax collected by an intermediary (such as a retail store) from the person who bears the ultimate economic burden of the tax (such as the consumer). The intermediary later files a tax return and forwards the tax proceeds to government with the return. In this sense, the term indirect tax is contrasted with a direct tax which is collected directly by government from the persons (legal or natural) on which it is imposed. Some commentators have argued that “a direct tax is one that cannot be shifted by the taxpayer to someone else, whereas an indirect tax can be”.

It was followed by Justice Santosh Hegde coming in for the discussion, revealing the shocking state of corruption in Karanataka, where almost every politician is corrupt and has come across in all the scams which have occurred in the state. Well, I felt shame of being a part of this state. The political conditions here are really worse.

Further, the show invited two great personalities, who have fought for the RTI Act (Right to information) to be put in place. Their struggle began from 1994. Right to information, is an act where in you have all rights to question for the money spent, the amount owed by the government to us. It’s really a helpful act which needs to be followed across all states of India.

RTIThe next segment showcased about the SSAAT in Andhra Pradesh, which does the social audits. The objective of this social audit is to eliminate the bribery where the issues are taken on a open discussion forum. The corrupted officers are suspended and also the money taken as bribe is returned to the public in the open forum itself.

SSAATThe most wretched part was the story of the old lady (retired teacher) who died waiting in a hope of getting her hard earned money from the corrupt government we have today. She had a belief on the government and the department which kill its people with such tragedies.

The episode also discussed about the power of the gram panchayat of village in Kerala. Here the tax paid by the citizens of the village is used to serve and maintain their own village by overcoming the problems like water, electricity, street lamps etc.

As I always keep on telling and writing in my posts, the change should be within us. Pointing your finger to others or waiting for a godly person to change the country for you is not possible at all. Take responsibility and change yourself and country, well said by Mr. Shailesh Gandhi.

Shailesh GandhiSanjay Sahani, the social activist who was uneducated on terms of modern technology like internet, started spreading his voice through the same medium. Today many of his people are happy for the things he has turned. Turning rock sometimes needs responsibilities which should be borne by the individual. Mr. Sanjay clearly proves that.

Episode ended with another story of a man visiting Varanasi, where a guy comes and touches his feet. The guy says “didn’t you recognise me?, I am your nephew”. The wise man accepted the fact and convinced that the guy was his nephew. Both roamed all over the city of Varanasi, finally they arrived at the Ganga River, the nephew asked the man to take a dip in the holy water. As soon as the man came out after his dip, to his surprise he finds the bag, clothes, valuables are missing; he looks for the nephew who is missing too. The story is just a relative fact of a common man and the politicians who come seeking for the vote, but soon after you elect them, they run away with your valuable votes. This was written by Sharat Joshi long back. And ofcourse well explained by Aamir Khan.

Well, I just want to say, own up your responsibilities and move ahead for a better India.

Also to make you guys aware, Satyamev Jayate’s last episode for this season will be on 30th March.

Public Services Grievances Bill, an extension of the RTI, ensures that every complaint is heard and acted upon.

VOTE FOR CHANGE. Pledge support for the Public Services Grievances Bill to be enacted by the Parliament. Give a missed call on 1800-103-2304 or click on the picture of “Aamir with Kids” on this blog.

SMJ-2-4-publicgrvThanks for visiting, keep coming to reunite and make a corrupt free India. Please share this post if you think its worthy.

Love you all,

VK

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