Catch 22

The following observation is attributed to Mr. Arun Shourie, former Indian minister for, inter alia, communication and IT:-

To shore up the finances of India, an economist suggested the following measures for which the response from the administration is juxtaposed:

  • Tax agricultural income :: No, we can’t do it because of political reasons
  • Ok, then, you realise all tax arrears :: Oh, we can’t do it for administrative reasons
  • In that case make the administration work by making everyone come to office on time :: That we can’t do for cultural reasons
  • Agreed. At least make them work when they are in ofice :: No, that can’t be done for historical reasons.

Obvious reasons for Governments not working!

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