The government's move to invite ideas from the people on the governance has led to overwhelming response. The website mygov.in received 70,000 ideas from across the country and most of these were suggestions for the general Budget.
A senior official associated with 'Mygov' said thousands of reactions have come and these have been compiled. "Over 50,000 ideas came for the general Budget. People also wrote over 20,000 valuable ideas on the railway budget. Some of the ideas are really innovative and significant. Such ideas have been compiled and have been sent to the PMO and other concerned departments for further consideration," added the official.
Speaking about some of the interesting ideas, the official said, "One idea talked about scrapping the rule under which employees have to use forged bills to save some money on taxes. It is very common practice to use fake bills for reimbursements in the office."
There were multiple ideas which talked about stopping flow of black money. One such idea said, "Details of family members/dependents and their PAN number details should be must to mention in income tax return so that details about family income can be tracked at one place."
Another such idea reads, "It should be compulsory to declare property details in income tax return, similar to declaration of bank account details. So many people have converted their black money to white using property in their name as well as name of their relative and family member.
Declaration of property details with property address and market value should be must in income tax return along with property of their dependent family member."
Somebody else said, "Dear PM, please focus on black money which you have committed to country & for this budget session kindly give subsidy on medicine & collect 10 times tax from wine, cigarette, bidi, pan masala, gutkha & entertainment items. I hope you can do this & I wish to see you as PM for the period I live on earth."
Similarly, people talked about how common people could get more facilities while travelling in trains. People also appeared concerned about bad financial health of Indian Railways.
"Railways can raise impressive revenue from advertisement & publicity. Coaches of all the trains, Railway properties/infrastructure can be utilised for these purposes on advanced annual contracts with Corporates / business bodies," said one idea.
The ministries of finance and railways had asked for suggestions on the MyGov.in platform to foster public participation and infuse more transparency into the budgetmaking exercise and involve people as partners in the process. The Budget will be presented in Parliament on the last day of this month.
Officials said the public comments were invited even last year as well and many crowdsourced ideas had made it to the Union Budget and railway budget of 2015-16. They included proposals to monetise gold and launch sovereign gold bonds, abolish wealth tax and simplify tax structures, create special tax incentive for promotion of Yoga and make sharing of PAN mandatory for cash transactions above a specified value.
Apart from this, for more public participation, PM Narendra Modi had asked party MPs to reach out to the public to get inputs for the upcoming Budget during last week of December.
The government also launched a crowd-sourcing exercise for the Rail Budget as well. Parliamentarians also met senior railway officials on specific requirement in their respective areas.