Petrol rate has gone more than Rs. 70/- per litre. Who stopped using cars and bikes. If you see in Hyderabad, every house is having minimum one bike. There are plenty of cars. Nobody prefer using public transport.
So the tax part may not play any major role in the habit of eating out.
Housewives are also preferring going out at least once a week as they may get a holiday like their counterparts.
So I don't expect any reduction in expenses or eating out.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
One interesting thing is most of the people even well offs are habitual of taking snacks etc at roadside vendors who take only cash and do not bother for any tax including the imminent GST.
So this parallel business will be thriving as it is.
In nutshell there may not be significant change in the new tax regime.
Another important thing is as GST is basically for rationalization and ease of business, may be the basic cost of material and services would be recalculated by the business houses and net cost to the customer may not change so much. This may look like a wishful thinking but to secure their business the shopkeepers will have to adopt those competitive measures.
Knowledge is power.
Suppose, as an instance, I am just earning less than 6K a month and that doesn't include store keeping or bonus. My daily wage is 250/ day and on the top of that I wouldn't find or engage in jobs regularly since daily wages earning jobs are temporary out here and that accounts less 6K. If I pay for rice, let's say 20KG and that will cost me 600 to 700. Next comes, Aata, we need 20KG a month and that will cost 700 to 800. Then here comes finance expenditure for my sisters fees which cost 580/ month. Along with these, rents, electricity bills, water bills and etc... Then when I am unable to meet even my minimum requirements, how can I pay GST.
Government should impose taxes to those individuals whose income is more or less than 10K.
Instead of raising Social security schemes, and additional taxes, they should offer special skills training to increase employment. I have no idea what I am going to do next.
Government should have some mercy on those poor daily wage earners.
It is natural that the honest tax payer feels disappointed . Initially I also was feeling like that. Bu after getting more exposure I felt that there are people who really need such support. It is okay if a little bit of burden is passed on to us. That is how we can help in nation building and development.
Regarding GST, though there may be some price rise in some of the common items, I feel that it will not deteriorate to the desperate situation as you fear. Many state governments are now taking steps to check price of essential food items and also are starting fair price canteens.