do we keep quiet when we get so little in return for the crores
the government spends on our behalf? Are we diffident or indifferent?
Do we feel that we have no right over the government?
seem to forget that we all have some rights over the government.
The government has come into being primarily to serve the
needs of the citizen, which he as an individual or as a member
of a small community cannot take care. It is important we
have an accountable government.
citizens do not seem to care because anyhow they are evading
taxes while others think their business success is due to
government patronage. The poor common man thinks he is not
making any contribution and hence has no right or should have
no expectations. We should all remember that it is not only
the 'taxpayer' paying directly who pays taxes. Every individual
pays indirect taxes. So apart from caring about the pennies
in the vegetable market we should start worrying about the
unaccountable crores of rupees being spent in government on
governments in this country (Union and States) spend Rs 1800
crore a day. All of that is our tax money, or money borrowed
by pledging our children's future! What are we getting in
return for our money. About Rs 2700 crores is spent annually
by governments on behalf of the 40 lakh citizens of Hyderabad.
Even if we excluded half of that to cover the cost of defense,
major projects etc, the balance should be spent for our benefit
in providing public goods and services. Where is this money
is high time we asked these questions, and held our newly
elected corporators to account. The citizen's role starts
now, and does not end with the election. In each ward we should
form a citizens' committee to monitor the civic services and
hold our elected representatives accountable. All governance
should be about people, and all politics is local. If we start
taking care of our locality through collective and informed
assertion, the nation will take care of itself. Let us start