“Oh, Samosa! I forgot about you… i am so sorry.. Now, people will pay 13% extra for you!” – Indian Tax
Recently, the Bihar government decided to add few items in their list of what they considered “luxury”. Soon, the cabinet decided that the luxury items can’t be left alone, so they proposed to impose taxes on them.
Nothing new about it, but what is interesting that the new luxury items were Samosa, jalebi, and snacks. The humble samosas which costs mere 12-15 per piece, a food item which is eaten by almost everyone, at times serving as lunch to those who can’t afford a proper meal is considered a luxury item.
More funnily, the state has proposed to impose tax of whopping 13.5% on them, along with other sweets/snacks which costs Rs 500 per kg. They haven’t left the an almost necessity item either, i.e. mosquito repellents.
If this wasn’t enough, the cabinet has added the similar rate of tax on sand, cosmetic items, hair oils and also auto/battery parts. It seems that the government were at loss when they wanted to impose new taxes, so they decided to impose it on popular household products.
A simple question which arises is, How can government decide which items are luxury or necessity? Has the cabinet done any study to even propose it in the meeting?
The far more alarming, dreading question is about the consequences of the imposed taxes on common man! There is a reason why foodgrains and food items along with certain household items are kept at nominal rates : people should be able to afford it!!
Do people have to go on Dandi march to oppose the new rule?