Saturday, July 19, 2014

Budget for Thieves

Our brilliant government has presented the annual budget of Rs 618 billion and most of it will go to pay our hardworking civil servants, competent contractors and loyal political cadres.  This year's budget like always has nothing for the common folks. 

It's not something to be surprised of because our government does not work for the people.  It works for con artists masquerading as politicians. It works for fake VAT Bill byaparis and criminals selling adulterated products to the public. It works for all the crooks in this land but not us.

The main job of our government is to collect taxes and then provide unnecessary perks and chiya kharcha to our politicians and their cronies leaving the rest of us to deal with inflation, corruption and frustration.

We have no voice at the table. We are the ones dealing with shortages of everything whereas our politicians get to drive around in luxury vehicles with Rambos pointing assault rifles at the public. 

Don't  expect our civil servants to show up at work on time and do their job even after getting a 10% pay raise and increase in other allowances.  The only hard work they do is how to kiss some netas' ass for promotion and transfer to lucrative postings.  They extort from us and the money goes all the way up to the mantra's personal aide. 

If the CIAA really wants to go after the big fishes then they should haul in all the politicians' personal aides and get hold of their black books. But of course, Lok Man dai doesn't want to rock the boat and seems to ignore the fact that our Nepal Food Corporation hands out thousands of goats for free during Dashain to our hakim sahebs and netas. 

Even if we can't end corruption for now, at least stop the 'free goat' offer for our crooked thieves.

Our contractors will continue to build bridges where there are no rivers. And they are not solely to be blamed for the never-ending road construction in the country. Our political parties need the dough to pay their cadres and mundrey gundas.  

The easiest way to make some dough is to bring some development project to your constituency and then extort the contractor who gets the contract to do the shoddy work. 

Our government has promised us that our contractors will be responsible for at least five years after they complete their job. But in this land of ours, only the public is held accountable while the rest of the clowns get away with all the crimes.

Our cadres know only how to destroy public property and burn tyres.  It would be nice if our cadres learned something productive like carpentry, plumbing and even fixing up vehicles instead of destroying them. 

Instead of burning tyres, learn how to make those tyres into rafts or bags or something that can be put into daily use. But our leaders have not taught their cadres to be constructive. 

Instead, they only know destructive activities. They should be hired as hooligans for some English Premier League football clubs instead of staying here and carrying out chakka jams and Nepal bandas.And whenever their leader is in the top kurchi, they demand chiya kharcha and from the state treasury. 

Our lawmakers had demanded Rs 50 million each for their constituencies but they will be getting only Rs 10 million. But our Finance Minister has a few tricks up his sleeves. 

Our buffoons used to earlier get Rs 1 million under the Parliamentary Development Fund. Now, they will get Rs 1.5 million and Rammy Dai has also assured the lawmakers that each constituency will get projects worth Rs 50 million.  

That means, our freeloaders will now get Rs 11.5 million hard cash which they can misuse it for their personal gain. And on top of that, they can get kickbacks on the Rs 50 million development projects in their constituencies. 

It's a win-win situation for our politicians whereas the public will have to be happy with new welcome gates and pot-hole filled roads in their constituency.

Our politicians may not agree on how many provinces we need or what kind of government we want but they will agree on one thing. That is, how to share the loot and be happy while the common folks get nothing and have to go abroad to support their families.

Our government is also planning to set up a 'Rs 500 million start-up fund' to help entrepreneurs. We all know that the political cadres will get the dough while the real entrepreneurs will probably be asked to submit more paperwork until he or she finally gives up.

At the end of day, we just want to make enough to have a decent meal of dal,bhat, tarkari and if lucky, a few chunks of masu as well. Our government could do us a big favor if it controls food prices and takes action against hoarders, black-marketers and those selling adulterated products. 

As usual, the capitalist pigs will make more, our communist and socialist netas will make much more whereas it's time for the common folks to stand up and say 'No More'.

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