I always feel that the best way to respond to disagreements is to take time before airing one’s views. This habit works well, as it gives the person ample time to reconsider, and release anger, if any.
On this Independence Day Speech, PM Narendra Modi informed the Nation that the Government’s request to the Well-off people in Indian society to give up their LPG subsidy is already showing results; and till now more than 3 Lakh people have given up their LPG subsidy.
I always believed that an elected Government requesting its citizens to give up some subsidy is NOT a good thing. Simply because, such requests create a Class division in the society. Take for instance the Modi Government’s request made to the economically able people in the society, to give up LPG subsidy. The call has created a picture in the minds of many Indians, that when a Government offers subsidy to the poor or economically weaker people (any one who benefits from such subsidies); the Government manages to do so, only when economically well-off or rich people, give-up their right.
This is not a correct perspective. As every citizen of the Country benefits from Government policies based on his/her necessity/economic status. For instance, those who don’t benefit from BPL Schemes, avail the subsidies given by the Government to Universities for Higher Education.
Ask yourself: How many Rickshaw-pullers or construction labours manage to send their children to college, let alone send to Engineering or Medical Colleges?
Forget rickshaw pullers, most of us wouldn’t have managed to pursue College education if higher education wouldn’t be that subsidized. It is a mere introspection!
In the same way, even the top 1 percent people (in terms of Wealth) benefit from Government’s tax concessions. It’s ironical that whenever people indulge in drawing room debates, they only criticize the food security given to the needy; or the fertilizer subsidy given to farmers. They seldom discuss the cost at which they got credit or land for their business, OR Land Line Phone or the Broadband connection; and what amount the Government spent in real to make these servcies accessible. Most of the times, governments subsidize such services by 80-90 percent.
In simple, it’s not good for a Government to ask people to give up subsidies.
If the government doesn’t want to give any subsidy above a certain economic level; then it should do it. It should make a policy and implement it. The way BPL, APL benchmarks had been created in the PDS System or Public Distribution System.
In the same way, if the Government doesn’t want the people above a certain economic level to avail LPG subsidy; then it must do it. It must not request anyone. That apart, it is not about testing the waters. There are areas where subsidy spending can be discussed. For instance, how about SUV owners benefiting from the diesel subsidy! If the Govt. is against subsidy, then why not make such vehicles more expensive.
From the last couple of weeks, TV Channels are airing Suraksha Bandhan Advertisment. In the advertisement, the PM is shown requesting the citizens (again the rich people) to gift one of the two of the insurance Schemes of Modi Government, to their servants, gatekeepers or Housemaids.
My Question is: Why such a request ? why doesn’t Government implement existing laws or create new laws to ensure the financial security of such people? … All the Govt. has to do is make and get implemented better labour laws for them(maids, housekeepers, servants)? … If done well, then it will come as a big relief for these essential workers who work at parasitic wages at present.