Son-ny pays what Daddy earns

sonny pays what daddy earnsFor today’s 20 odd years olds it is all but normal to have daddies who in their own 20s opted for the government jobs—and since the 80s and 90s were pretty much the times when the public enterprises were the ultimate work places, those are what most daddies yearned for—and many got in too. After all, one of the many objectives of such public enterprises was to provide a safe and secure employment to as many young and hardworking individuals as it was possible. There were the monthly salaries, the benefits and all the perks that anyone would want for their sons or sons-in-law (for that matter). And so, these enterprises pushed on year in and year out. These enterprises pushed on in terms of meeting their glorified social goal of employing as many people and working for the greater good of the people. They pushed on despite the odds, might I say.

Out of the 37 public enterprises that are still existent today most are plagued with the inadequacies that public enterprises seem to be characterized by; inefficiency, corruption, over-staffing to name a few. Though a couple of them run in profits, the truth remains that majority of these public enterprises are neck-deep in debt. The government, year in and year out, continues to bail out there enterprises—pay the staff salaries, run the management costs etc. Come to think of it, the simple fact remains that all that bailing out, all that injecting of funds comes from a source—our pockets, the taxes we all pay.

Why do I call the write-up a sonny and daddy thing you ask and I have a simple answer. Where the employment patterns of the two generations come to collide can be two-fold: one in terms of the thought pattern—while the daddy-generation thought government job was the way forth the sonny generation more so holds a belief that entrepreneurship and self-employment is the way forth. The second point of collision being—while the daddy generation are living on their perky salaries from government funds the son-ny generation are bound to put their hard earned money into the government pockets (a fraction of it to reach the daddies!).

Entrepreneurship has been the buzz word these days and as people are moving away from work-for-somebody-else model and have taken to trying, innovating things we need to not let this culture wane. This emblem of the new generation that seeks for renewed growth and prosperity needs, to the very least, be encouraged to grow and not cheat on taxes (which the current no-incentive-for-growth model encourages budding entrepreneurs to do).

On an ending note, the sonny and daddy example does not mean to incite any disregard towards the daughter and mommy duo and has been used just as a point of reference—no offence!

Anita Krishnan

Krishnan holds dual degrees--in law and sociology. Currently, she works as a Research Associate at Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation.