New Delhi: As per sources in the government, Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley is itching to introduce another cess before the curtains come down on the year 2016. Earlier, Mr. Jaitley had introduced Swachh Bharat cess late last year and Krishi Kalyan Cess in this year’s budget. However, it has been a few months since a new cess was introduced by Mr. Jaitley and he is getting a bit anxious.
Even though the new budget is just over a month away, our sources say that Mr. Jaitley doesn’t want to wait that long. “See, if a new cess is introduced right now, people will blame the year 2016 instead of blaming the Finance Minister so that is why he wants to introduce one during the next 3 working days. Anyway, it has been close to 9 months since the last cess was introduced. 9 mahine me bacchha ho jata hai, humne ek cess nahi produce kiya so it reflects badly on the productivity of our ministry too”, a finance ministry official told Faking News on the condition of anonymity.
Further, he said ,”He hasn’t zeroed in on any cess right now but that is not an issue. We can pick up anything to justify a cess. ATM security guard kalyan cess, Befikre producer kalyan cess, SBI employee lunch break cess etc. Cess we can create over anything, we just need political will to introduce it and Jaitley ji is really in the mood to introduce a new cess.”
However, senior ministers in the government are requesting Mr. Jaitley to avoid introducing a new cess right now as public support for demonetisation may disappear if a new cess is levied on them right now.
“If you want to increase revenues, just increase cigarette prices during the budget like normal finance ministers na, what is this cess obsession”, a minister said.