The Finance Ministry has proposed to implement Good Selfie Tax (GST-2) to penalize those social media users who try to act modest by telling everyone that they are ugly, yet upload a new selfie every day.
Proposing the reform, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “With GST-2, we will nab those social media users who call themselves ugly, potato, etc. to get attention and sympathy and end up getting more ‘likes’ on their pictures.”
He further added, “Like demonetisation was kept a secret, we had kept this a secret so that nobody gets the time to hide their pictures. It was extremely important to keep it under the wraps for it to succeed.”
The drafting committee has proposed three slabs under which the offenders will be penalised:
- If the number of selfies uploaded every month exceeds 10, the offenders will be asked to upload a picture with a new cow every day for a period of one month.
- If the number of selfies uploaded every month exceeds 20, the offender will be asked to upload a picture every day without using filters for a period of one month.
- If the number of selfies uploaded every month exceeds 30, the offenders will be made to keep the picture in their Aadhaar Card as their profile picture on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter.
Teenaged girls in Delhi gathered in large numbers to stage massive protests at Connaught Place after the reform was announced.
However, the protests were called off immediately after the girls could not stand the heat and hunger, especially after protesting right in front of McDonald’s that is situated in the region.
Our reporter followed a girl into the McDonald’s to get her views on the major reform. The 17-year-old girl who was seemingly unhappy with the government told us, “tHi$ GoVeRnMeNt $uxX. R@HuL G@nDhi i$ CutE.”