An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
By SUMITH S. RAO
You have asked the rich and affluent people of India to waive off their share of subsidy on gas cylinders used by them in their homes and help in nation building.
I, for one would definitely prescribe to your view and gladly do so. In return, I would like all of you esteemed gentlemen and ladies who run our great country to also reciprocate our generous offer.
If only, every corporator, MLA, MP, and Minister could also waive off his gas subsidy, we the people of India would be very proud of you and salute you. You would be setting an example to the citizens of India.
Most of you have declared incomes running into a few crores while contesting the elections. When will the day come when you will think of our poor brethren and waive off all the perks that you enjoy because of your position. When will you stop voting unanimously for a pay hike for yourselves, while bitterly fighting against all other issues in Parliament? When will we see you act as responsible citizens and fight over issues rather than take party based decisions?
Let me tell you, dear Sir, the Chancellor of a super power like Germany Ms. Angela Merkel rides on a public train to work, whereas in our country everyone from the Prime Minister, to the Members of Parliament, even down to the Zilla Panchayat President is allocated a car which is paid for from the coffers of our country which is filled generously by the tax payers money.
You incur thousands of rupees worth of telephone bills, electricity bills, free accommodation in luxury bungalows, avail free travel on public transportation, go on foreign jaunts on flimsy excuses and we the people of India pay for it. When will you be a proud Indian and pay for all these facilities availed by you?
You get admitted to luxury hospitals for even a headache and especially when a probe is launched against you for any misdemeanor. Even there, you get the best beds and facilities free of charge. Pray, tell me, Sir “When will you pay for these privileges?”
You travel in air conditioned railway coaches and fly first class in planes even when you are not on official duty. It is us, the citizens of India who pay the fare for you.
Everyone, who is anybody, stakes his claim to fame by clamouring for “Z Class” security when the actual risk assessment for that person is zero. We, the people of India pay a fortune for your security. Alas, what a travesty of our times. That you who should be protecting the nation are being protected by the common man at his cost.
There are people in India who cannot even afford one meal a day and do not even have the strength to complain about it. Sadly, while you enjoy a cup of coffee bought at a princely sum of Rupees One or a full meal at Rupees Twelve at the Parliament canteen in air conditioned comfort and cannot be bothered about these trivial issues. When shall you pay the full cost of a meal without passing on the bill to your countrymen?
Sir, I am just an ordinary citizen of India who dutifully pays his Income tax, Service Tax, Value Added Tax, Wealth Tax, Corporation Tax, Automobile Registration Tax and Property Tax which goes up to nearly 50 percent of our hard earned money while you enjoy the benefits of these taxes and live a privileged life because every citizen of India pays for your privileges.
The day all of you forego and waive all the unnecessary perquisites bestowed upon you by laws enacted by you would be a proud one in our nation’s history. The day, you gentlemen who have been elected to power by the people to govern our nation become responsible citizens of INDIA will be a milestone in our history. That day, all of us will definitely waive off our gas subsidy.
An honest and dutiful citizen
Sumith S. Rao is a well known city based businessman and a former President of the District Small Scale Industries Association.
|Comments on this Article|
|cs u avpatel, navi mumbai||Sat, July-18-2015, 3:55|
|Sir, hats off to you for speaking out our heart. U A Patel|
|R Nagaraj, Bangalore||Fri, July-17-2015, 4:40|
|Really each and every word is true. Politician should understand the contents and should go accordingly or the people should teach them a lesson. Let god save our Nation-citizens of India.|
|RamaLingam, Hyderabad||Thu, July-16-2015, 10:57|
|Let cabinet bring a LAW. I support what is said about.|
|nidhi gupta, gujarat||Sat, July-11-2015, 5:04|
|I agree.. we are paying taxes from the money which is obtained after tax deduction at source. In form of service tax, vat etc..|
|milagres pereira, Fatorda ,Goa||Thu, July-9-2015, 11:03|
|Very true the fact|
|k.k.banerjee, DURGAPUR||Thu, July-9-2015, 10:51|
|Letter written by Mr Rao is absolutely correct.All citizen should think of it. Only gas subsidy cannot bring the acche din.Hon’ble politician and High paid salaried will also forego their perks to keep pace to million of poor citizen of India.|
|Jyoti, Haryana, Hissar||Thu, July-9-2015, 8:52|
|I totally agree with you Mr.Rao.I think that if we waive off the subsidy,the needy will not get any benefit,instead this money will also used by these politicians.|
|Suvarna balaharish, Chennai||Thu, July-9-2015, 4:33|
|Yes well said, our politicians are not ashamed of begging always while they cannot correct their corruption. The poor remains poor, farmers commit suicide, tax always raises, bank interests come down. What ever we pay in which ever form like road tax property etc we all have to live with bad roads bad surrounding and power failures etc. shameless politicians. Please participate in theses kind of messages and somehow pass to our politicians let them change if they are humans.|
|Anu Sharma, Delhi||Thu, July-9-2015, 3:33|
|views of ordinary citizens expressed byMr. Rao........Are being appreciated by one and all. Hope they reach the PM. Regards|
|L N Agarwala, guwahati||Wed, July-8-2015, 11:32|
|Charity begins at home. Don’t think what nation has given u . but think that what u have given to ur nation.|
|d d Sharma, Nainital uttrakhand||Wed, July-8-2015, 5:15|
|How a minister or mp wave his subsidy on L p g when up S p beta has to run a brothel house at his home for his survival .Don’t think about P M and they are from one breeds.|
|hemant, Mumbai||Wed, July-8-2015, 1:58|
|I appreciate point please stop wat is happening all r stupid bus mera barat mahan thats all|
|Puttaswamy Gowda, A1003, Mantri Greens, Malleswaram, Bangalore||Tue, July-7-2015, 10:03|
|Appreciate your points. People who enjoy all these privileges wants us to follow what they say.|
|Wasim khan, Banglore||Mon, July-6-2015, 12:38|
|Pls stop wat is happening to our country before it’s too late|
|santhosh.shetty, mumbai||Fri, July-3-2015, 2:08|
|The fault is not in them.tell me who wll keep quiet when he sees an open locker.if u start a business and leave it in the hands af our staff,what wll happen.the employer will incur losses and the employee will enjoy.why dont we search a solutionto these problem?|
|Shiva Kumar Narayan, Kolar Gold Fields||Tue, June-16-2015, 7:22|
|Sumith sir, it is a beautiful letter u wrote to our honourable PM. Hatsoff writing..|
|hari, mangalore||Mon, June-1-2015, 2:43|
|There is no use in making hue and cry.politicians are same Enjoying in swindling puplic money..all are Rascals only.any letter in any kind shall not evoke any possible results in our politicians...... OK. Enjoy hamarah bharath mahaan...|
|Govindarajan V, Bangalore||Sun, May-17-2015, 7:16|
|I fully endorse and I feel that Sumit has magnanimously left out many beneficiaries|
|Dr. . K. Gaur, Rochester,NY 14620, USA||Thu, May-14-2015, 8:18|
|A beautiful, emotional and realistic representation of all Indians living in or out of Indian. I wish all those in power have time and sense to read it and act responsibly.|
|appannasetty kancherla, visakhapatnam||Wed, May-13-2015, 9:11|
|I absolutely concur with views of Mr.Rao. we know u r able to do understand our expressions enabling u to take right path|
|R Balakrishnan, Mumbai||Sun, May-10-2015, 1:14|
|I completely endorse the views expressed by Mr Rao. I would like to add that as a Senior Citizen who has the experience the trials and tribulations of ever increasing prices and constant lowering of Deposit Intetest Ratws by Banks, I will forego my gas subsidy ONLY when the Government gives consideration for the Senior Citizen. Regards Balakrishnan|