A debate broke out on how much ‘Rewari ki polity’ is necessary, how necessary. How important is the ‘Politics of Revari’?

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While hearing a public interest petition related to promises of free things and money by political parties for election campaign, the Supreme Court has termed it as a ‘serious issue’.

A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramanna and Justice Krishna Murari while hearing a petition on Wednesday said- “This is a serious issue. Those who are getting it are the needy and we are a welfare state. Few taxpayers can say that.” That it is used. Development should be done. So this is a serious issue. The damage to the economy and welfare needs to be balanced. Both sides should be heard.”

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This matter?

BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, who has filed the PIL, has demanded that the central government and the Election Commission bring laws to control the manifestos of political parties and make them accountable for their promises and those who make irrational promises without thinking. Ban parties. .

He says that while announcing free things, political parties should keep in mind the debt burden on the government and explain from whose pocket the money is coming.

Ashwani Upadhyay says, “We have told the court that the central and state governments currently have a debt of Rs 150 lakh crore. If this is not stopped, the situation will worsen in the near future. , nor will Japan give loans. The situation will go out of control. The central government has also supported our PIL. And said that public welfare schemes should be run but freebies should stop. We have done our part. Seven member committee This committee should explain how to stop the free facilities and how to reduce the increasing debt on the states.

The next hearing of this matter is now scheduled to be held on August 17.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On Wednesday, the Election Commission has said on this issue that what you call ‘free’ in common language, means free things, they can save people’s lives in times like epidemics. What is irrational for one class may be necessary for another class.

Prime Minister Modi is also repeatedly raising this issue.

Referring to political parties and free facilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said, “Luring voters with such promises is not nation-building, but an attempt to push the country backwards.”

PM Modi said, “If there is selfishness in politics, anyone can come and announce free petrol and diesel. Such steps will take away their rights from our children. It will prevent the country from becoming self-reliant. With such selfishness. Policies, the people of the country, the burden of the honest taxpayer will also increase. It is not policy, it is ‘policy’. It is not the interest of the country, it is the interest of the country.”

PM Modi had said the same while inaugurating the Bundelkhand-Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun last month.

He had said, “Nowadays every effort is being made to bring a culture of collecting votes by distributing free Rewari in our country. This Rewari culture is very dangerous for the development of the country. People of Rewari culture feel that Janardhan Rewari should be given free. We will divide and buy them. Together we have to remove Rewari culture from the country’s politics.”

The issue of subsidy in India has been discussed before. There was serious discussion on the rationale of subsidies etc.

But the accusations and counter-accusations in the political parties on this issue have raised new questions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Political parties have always promised free things or facilities to win elections but the question arises whether this is justified.

Ramkripal Singh, a senior journalist who understands political affairs, says, “When you go for votes, you have to say things like this but generally there is a difference between saying we will take care of everyone and especially And to say something like ’15 lakhs will come and we will give it to everyone’ I think it is wrong to make such specific promises.

“This trend is not of any one party, but of all parties, but this trend should stop. If you want to do something, there should be rules for how to do it. Accountability for it too. should be.”

But can public welfare schemes and the recently introduced term ‘Muft Ki Rewari’ be seen in the same way?

On this question, Ram Kripal Singh says, “A society where there are all kinds of inequalities, including economic and social, there cannot be the same step for all. In such a situation, the welfare of the oppressed and exploited should be the priority of everyone. Should. Govt.. But in democracy if your work will not benefit the majority of the society then you cannot come by election. In that case it has to be said that our government will give maximum benefits to maximum people. Right. “

He says, “But gradually it has started to happen that you make promises to the public and then forget. In such a case, what used to be a pimple has now taken the form of cancer. The result of this trend is that said Gone. That we will give free electricity. Tell me how any government can give free electricity. After all the money belongs to the tax payer. And why everyone should get free electricity… Why give free electricity to those who can afford it. “

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, giving his opinion on this issue, said on Thursday, “It is being said that if the governments give free facilities to the people, then the governments will become poor and the people will suffer a lot.” Facilities for the country should be stopped. This raises a doubt in the mind that the economic condition of the central government has become so bad. What has suddenly happened that all this needs to be stopped, withdrawn or resisted? ? The situation has arrived.”

He alleged that the central government has waived off the loans of millionaire industrialists.

He has said, “In 2014, the budget of the central government was twenty lakh crores. Today the budget of the central government is around forty lakh crores, so where is all this money going? They have given ten lakh crore rupees to the government. Very rich people who are billionaires. Loans of Rs. have been waived off. If these thousands of crores of rupees loans are not waived then they will not have to pay tax on food items.

Last week, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge tweeted the answer to a question asked in the Rajya Sabha.

According to this, between 2017 and 2022, banks have waived off loans of about 10 lakh crore rupees.

He said that the government is looting the middle class tax payers. This was mentioned by Arvind Kejriwal.

https://twitter.com/kharge/status/1555865388923363333

But the question arises as to which schemes of the Government can be termed as important public welfare schemes and which should be given ‘free’ or free of charge.

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Anshuman Tiwari, Economic Affairs Expert

He explains, “We don’t have any system by which we can tell what is free and what is not. Would you call the distribution of free food grains free. And nowhere in any state is water reaching the mountains, And there’s the government. The water is giving away for free, so whether you call it free or not. There’s a huge lack of facts in this whole discussion.”

He says, “We have only one way of looking at it. 10 years ago, there was a fact-based discussion in India to define merit and merit subsidies. We have only one way of looking at it. ” On this basis, free ration and free education is a merit subsidy but if providing education to a student is a merit subsidy, then giving a laptop to a student is a weak subsidy, it is difficult to say.”

But whether the subsidy falls in the category of merit or demerit, in both cases the taxpayer’s money is spent.

In such a situation, the question arises whether the country needs welfare schemes and if yes, what is the impact on the economic condition of the country.

On this question, Anshuman Tewari says, “If there are no such schemes, the idea of ​​a welfare state will be challenged. After all, what do governments tax for? They tax to run a welfare state. In such a state, the level of Until. Until you have to help the people, after which they earn money and fall into the category of consumption. And this requirement is different for every state. Facilities have to be provided which are not to be provided in any. Prosperous State.”

Anshuman Tiwari says, “If this does not happen, then what is the use of tax money. India is heavily taxed. Even if income tax is kept aside, the government incurs huge indirect taxes. Such a situation It is wrong to say that this is a waste of tax money because of the state budget. The problem is that we don’t know what to do. This argument is so factless that we have no way out. It is to know what The money is being spent to improve people’s lives, how people’s lifestyles are improved and what the impact is.”

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