From the last couple of years, every Indian, big or small, rich or poor, employed or unemployed is paying Swachh Bharat Cess, Clean Energy Cess. Have we seen any positive change?
Yesterday, April 22, the World celebrated Earth Day.
Just like any other fads of our recent times which we celebrate just one day annually and; then simply forget; we Indians also celebrated it.
In our own ways.
Some of us started thinking about segregating household waste. Some others thought quite seriously about composting. Nice.
If there had been any serious thinking over index, then most of us yesterday thought about protecting our forests, wildlife and rivers. Nice.
Lets make the celebration a little more meaningful.
From the last couple of years, every Indian, big or small, rich or poor, employed or unemployed is paying multiple cess (a kind of tax) namely Swachh Bharat Cess, Clean Energy Cess etc.
The National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) funds the Centre’s schemes — Namami Gange , Green India Mission and the National Solar Mission.
During the period 2015-16 to 2017-18 (2 years), total allocation of Rs. 19,013.83 crore was made under the fund [The numbers came from a CAG Report which saw problems in both Cess utilization and focused Cess utilization].
A parliamentary panel said in December, 2018, that against a total amount of Rs 86,440.21 crore cess collected till the end of March 31st 2018, Rs 29,645.29 crore was transferred to the fund.
So he more meaningful way of celebrating Earth Day is to ask:
Even after paying thousands of crores as taxes for Namami Gange and Swachh Bharat Mission, are we seeing cleaner surroundings?
Is Ganga any cleaner than before?
Lets see and think!