Let us be creative in collecting money or resources to serve the poorWe are now witnessing a massive change in the Railways. The trains have mostly bio toilets and one is told that the tracks have indeed become very clean.
There are several trains that have onboard cleaning. However, most of these personnel and the thousands of uniformed manpower ( mostly women) collecting the millions of waste water bottles and the other trash from the tracks deserve a good deal. What if Re1 were to be collected from each ticket, a box being kept in some compartments, with safety features, where the passengers can deposit some more money? These boxes should be opened at the destination stations, with adequate police protection and those authorized should count the money and credit the same in the nearby authorized Bank, which can have a centralized account. At the end of the month, the amount should be divided by the number of such contract labor and then credited directly to their bank accounts.
Wherever the train stops for at least ten minutes, the other passengers who may not even travel by the train, can also deposit some money. The big traders and the corporate houses should be allowed tax deduction to the tune of one hundred percent.
Similarly, why not rich parents who admit their children in the best of private schools that charge at least Rs.75000 as annual fees, donate just Rs.100 or more as they wish, and claim tax deduction, for a fund that supports education of children in Corporation Schools. Why cannot the IT majors donate just five computers free to each Corporation School in every major city of India?