Hello Dear Readers,
Today I was recalling one of the discussions that I had with the son(Rahul) of a very famous general stores in my home town. This is a very busy store which always has at least 20-30 customers standing in line to get the stuff from the shopkeeper.
The discussion was basically about the corruption. Well… I mean, the shopkeeper not giving the bills to the customers, thereby not paying the tax to government (Which he is suppose to pay). The shopkeepers son is a B.Tech Graduate from a famous college in AP. He was asking me the details of a software that he can buy for the use in his shop to minimize the paper work that they are doing currently. Currently, there is no automatic billing system and they give the handwritten bills to the customers which are not accountable and so the money going in to the Black Account.
The discussion went as below. (Being a techie software professional, I started with first step in SDLC.)
Me: So… What kind of software you are looking for and what are your requirements ?
Rahul: Well…! Not much expensive. It should just be replacing the manual work which we are doing in our shop.
Me:So…. You are gonna give computerized bills to the customers is it ? Does that mean you are staring to pay the tax correctly.
Rahul:Excuse me !!! That’s not possible. (Hesitated to speak much here).
Me: Sorry….! I didn’t get you. (Trying to be smart to get more info).
Rahul: Well..! Frankly, My intention of this software is not to pay taxes, but just to remove one more worker from my shop (who is working on accounting now), and get more profit thereby.
Me:(Smiling) Ok Ok. I know this is all very common everywhere. But can I ask you one realistic question? (Discussion slowly deviating from Software to corruption).
Rahul: Why not ? Go ahead.
Me: Why don’t you start paying the tax correctly to Government ? What is dragging you back from paying it ?
Rahul: (With a smile and a hesitation on his face). Well..! The answer is the Profit. 🙂
And yes ! We can really start paying the tax to the Govt. But, let me explain this to you with a simple example.
We get a load of 20 Boxes (Each Box contains 100 pieces) of XYZ detergent soap 20 times a month. XYZ is the fastest selling detergent and most of the supplies in our home town goes from our shop as it is 50 PS less than all other shops. But, XYZ gives the bill only once (for 20 Boxes) in three months.
Suppose if we have to start paying tax, We have to ask all our suppliers to do the same. This is not so easy as they are all the big heads under the shadows of political cover.
Moreover, If I pay tax, I should defnitely increase the rates of all the items accordingly. At the same time, the customers will be reduced because of the increase in rates.
If I still have to over come this, I have ask all my co-shoppers to start paying tax as well. For which they will say “Get Lost”.
On top of all this, Paying tax will not let me get rid of paying the monthly bribe to the local tax officer.
So, now you tell me..?? Should I pay tax or not?
Me: —————– (JUST A BLANK FACE)——————–
So, Folks………. Think about this. Where is the root of this problem ? Where can I start, If i have to eradicate corruption ? Can I be safe/successful in doing this?
I don’t have any answer for all the above questions. Do you ?
If you have have any ideas, Do let me know by commenting on this post.
Mood: Very serious – Thinking Deep about corruption