Indians Are Paying More in Taxes and Companies Are Paying Less.
Policy Post #116
Editor’s Note ✍️
Hi there, how are you?
The Parliament is in session and it hasn’t been functioning since the start of the session on July 20th, with opposition party MPs demanding the Prime Minister make a statement on the floor of the house on what’s happening in Manipur. It got me wondering about a headline from April of this year, that on the ‘productivity’ of the parliament*.
Reminder, this was the same budget session of parliament in which the annual union budget of Rs. 45 lakh crores was passed within 12 minutes with zero discussion or debate. Essentially, MPs abdicated one of the most critical responsibilities that they have. However, if a few other discussions had happened in that session with fewer days of the institution’s work being disrupted, data would’ve captured the session as having been ‘productive’. It behoves us to ask the question if we have a rather distorted view of productivity when it comes to lawmaking in India. As long as the house is not particularly unruly, it considered to be productive. It’s purely a numbers game in terms of a number of hours of the Parliament’s functioning. Irrespective of the fact what work is being done in those hours, and to what impact.
Speaking of impact, this week in our newsletter, we bring you an insight into how the cutting of corporate taxes has caused the citizens of India to pay more in taxes. You’ll also find an op-ed on the internet shutdown in Manipur and how data shows that internet shutdowns can do a lot of damage. There’s also the weekly database of fresh Jobs and Internships from the broader world of Public Policy and Governance in India one can apply to! Lastly, we bring you an exciting fellowship opportunity with People + AI and a free course on Evaluating Social Programs.
With that, we bring to you: Policy Post #116!
- Yash, and Team PPI
*“Parliament disrupted: Least productive Budget session in 5 years, 17th Lok Sabha likely to be shortest LS since 1952.” - Indian Express, 08th April, 2023
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