Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 12:27:20










IT was a fine gesture on the part of over nine lakh senior citizens, who have responded positively to the scheme launched by the Railways, by voluntarily giving up ticket subsidy, thereby helping it save Rs. 40 crore. Under another similar scheme, thousands of citizens have given up subsidy on LPG, following an appeal by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, who had mooted the idea. Though the subsidies are meant to lighten the financial burden on the common man, even those who can afford to pay, enjoy the sops.

 Though legally there is nothing wrong in this, it is morally inappropriate for those who can pay up for the services to avail them. Subsidies are proving to be a big drag on the economy. Many times, the benefits of subsidy do not reach the targeted groups of people, defeating the very purpose of it. Thus, the Government is now trying to bring in a new culture in the society by appealing to the people who can afford to pay, to give up subsidy so that the money saved can be utilised for those who genuinely need it. All those who can afford to give up subsidy should do so.


THE Haryana Government has made a laudable move by seeking to stipulate a minimum qualification for MPs and MLAs. The Haryana Government has already made minimum qualification of matriculation mandatory for contesting village council (panchayat) polls. The Haryana Government wants the Centre to introduce minimum qualification for contesting Assembly and Parliamentary elections. Such a proposal of course may not be constitutionally tenable as it may deprive other citizens not having stipulated educational qualification would be deprived of their fundamental right to join one of the most important democratic processes of being chosen as a public representatives. But the Haryana Government’s suggestion makes much sense, especially in view of the fact that Houses of State Assemblies and Parliament carry on the work of formulating policies and legislative work. This requires high level of legal and administrative knowledge. To make the work of legislative Houses more productive they should be populated by qualified people.