Name: Gita Das
Age: 40 years
Occupation: Small shop owner
Annual income: Declined to say, but lives on the margins.
What was the biggest financial blow you had to endure in 2012?
I have not got any benefits from what you call a budget. As a small shop owner from the last budget I got nothing. Prices of the rice for example have increased from Rs 34 to Rs 50. We cannot not even make Rs 50 profit some days while it was more than Rs 100 profit margin earlier days. I feel like leaving this business and starting something else.
Would you welcome a tax on the super rich?
Sure, if they can tax the rich people and pass the benefits to us, why not.
What would you most like the finance minister to do in his upcoming budget?
If the price of the various products and items could brought down. At least we can keep little profit from our shops and survive.