The annual budget was announced and everyone has an opinion or two about it. Here, I would to point out two announcements regarding affirmative action for women. First, there is a 10 per cent job quota for women in government departments. And secondly, taxable income levels for men and women are set at different levels. For men, minimum taxable annual income is Rs 180,000, whereas for women, it would be Rs 240,000. Women now can make Rs 60,000 more annually than their male colleagues and need not give income taxes.
I wonder how men will react to it, would there be queues in offices outside HR departments where men would want to change their names and gender (only on paper) so that they too can get this tax exemption.