Budget 2019: Dissatisfied with Tax Exemption, Millennials Want Free Netflix Subscriptions

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Budget 2019: Dissatisfied with Tax Exemption, Millennials Want Free Netflix Subscriptions

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nion Minister Piyush Goyal’s 2019 budget, or “vision 2030”, announced on Friday, has given voters a reason to wake up happy.

The budget has something for everyone – tax exemption for income-tax payers, innovative new yojanas which means more acronyms, and a national cow commission for the welfare of desi cows, which some analysts claim has the potential to curb farmer suicides. Still, sources say, one section of the country has been feeling left out.

“There is nothing in this budget for us,” said Akshay Kumar a man in his early 20s, also known as a “millennial”. “Government regulators like TRAI have done so much for cable and DTH users. The least Piyush Goyal could have done is bring a new yojana to provide free Netflix connections.”

Millennials like Akshay have been managing finances by sharing their friends’ Netflix passwords. However, they are worried that their time is slowly running out, considering the streaming app is working on an Artificial Intelligence project to identify and block such thefts.

“We are often told that achhe din will come soon,” Kumar continued. “Once they do, and I finally get employed, I won’t have to depend on the government for subsidies. I will pay for my own Netflix.”

Millennials like Akshay have been managing finances by sharing their friends’ Netflix passwords. However, they are worried that their time is slowly running out, considering the streaming app is working on an Artificial Intelligence project to identify and block such thefts. This makes the Netflix yojana more important than ever.

While commenting on the unemployment numbers, which are apparently at a 45-year high, Imran Khan, another millennial who manages finances by subscribing to the low- cost Amazon Prime said: “Things might look bad today. But they can change, right? I’m confident that the NITI Aayog is verifying the data as we speak. Soon the new numbers will be out, and all the negativity and hungama around unemployment will go away”.

“My advice to all millennials, is that they don’t waste time looking for quality jobs,” Khan added. “As the NITI Aayog CEO acknowledged on Friday, creating quality jobs is a challenge. So just take whatever you get.”

When the Netflix demand was brought to the attention of the government, Piyush Goyal said, “What I announced on Friday was just a draft. I will talk to the PM. He cares a lot about millennials as we know from his fascination with PUBG and selfies. If there are some unutilised funds lying around, I can offer a free package at least until the election.”

Sources within the ministry told us that a blueprint of the Pradhan Mantri Netflix Yojana is ready and they are waiting for the appropriate time to announce the sop.

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