A taxman who distributes condoms? Compulsory use of credit cards to buy shaving blades? Death by public hanging for corrupt officials?
The Central Bank of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has started receiving thousands of e-mails from the general public in response to its call for suggestions to end black money, and some of them are more prone to unearthing black humour than black money.
Tax officials at North Block have received 2708 emails in less than a week on their newly created official email identity asking citizens to send their suggestions.
Some mails are clearly bizarre. One of them suggests that the board should distribute free condoms in semi-urban and rural areas to check the growth of population.
"More the population, more will be the need of money and this leads to black money. So, free distribution and use of condoms will check population growth and nip the bud," a person suggests.
Another gentleman suggests rationing of fuel – 500 litres of petrol/diesel for a politician, 300 litres for a bureaucrat and 100 litres for a commoner.
"A majority of emails are quite funny as they have bizarre ideas to curb black money, but some are on a serious note, suggesting policy changes in economy," a CBDT official said.
A veterinary college professor has come up with a novel idea --"every transaction minor or major – from purchase of a needle to a shaving blade, a cigarette to a flat or even a car to an airplane should only be done through a credit or a debit card – so that the monetary transaction gets reflected in bank accounts and tax can automatically be deducted".
"A mail I received, along with a list of suggestions on black money, has requested that he should be given an award for his suggestion to the government," CBDT chairman Prakash Chandra told Hindustan Times.
People have also suggested on how to deal with black money owners. "An accused found guilty possessing black money more than R50,000 should be hanged till death in public," an email suggests.
Severe punishment has been suggested for chartered accountants, "who're masters in converting black money into white".
But with its perennial staff shortage, sifting through this huge pile of emails itself has turned into a cumbersome exercise for the CBDT, keeping the taxmen even busier.