Voters prefer to earn a dignified earning over freebies: Supreme Court


The Hindu

Write Comment     |     E-Mail To a Friend     |     Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Print


Voters prefer to earn a dignified earning over freebies: Supreme Court

Voters, if given a chance, will prefer to earn a dignified earning through welfare schemes such as MNREGA and create public assets in rural India. Freebies do not always decide the outcome of elections for political parties, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana said there have been instances of parties losing elections in spite of their promises of freebies. “Given an opportunity, they (voters) will opt for dignified earning. For example, MNREGA offered dignified earning and also created public assets in rural areas. So, I don’t think promises alone decide the outcome of elections... There are instances of parties not being elected despite their promises,” Chief Justice Ramana said.

The court was hearing a petition to curb the practice of offering or distributing “irrational freebies” at the cost of public money, especially in debt-ridden States during the run-up to elections.

The court said its primary concern is about “the right way of spending public money”. The court indicated that promises of freebies come at a cost to the public exchequer. “At the end of the day, we must say there is no free lunch,” the Bench observed. The court is dealing with rival contentions raised in the case. On one side that freebies are a waste of public money and a sure road to economic doom for the country, while on the other hand that these are incentives and schemes to ensure public welfare.

“We cannot stop political parties from making promises. But the question is what does a ‘valid promise’ exactly comprise? Can promise of electricity, water, a few units of power be considered as freebies? Can we treat promises of consumer products, electronics free of cost for all as a welfare measure?” the court asked.

Chief Justice Ramana said freebies should not be confused with welfare schemes introduced by States.

Senior advocate P. Wilson, for Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, submitted that the Constitution empowered States to promulgate welfare schemes. The term ‘freebies’ cannot be interpreted to restrict States’ competence to provide welfare.

The Bench noted that Article 38 of the Constitution mandates states to ensure the welfare of the people, “minimise inequalities in income and endeavor to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities, not only amongst individuals but also amongst groups of people residing in different areas or engaged in different vocations”.

The court said parties involved, including the Centre, state parties should come up with their opinions and recommendations on the issue of freebies which is getting more “complicated”. The court posted the case next week.

In the previous hearing, senior advocate Vikas Singh, for petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay, said States have ₹ 15 lakh crore debt. “Public money should not be misused by political parties whose only intention is to gain and retain power,” Mr. Singh said.

Senior advocate Arvind Datar, also for the petitioner side, said “giving laptops, TVs and gold chains cannot be to promote Directive Principles of State Policy”.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for the Centre, agreed with the court’s proposal to form an expert body to recommend guidelines against freebies.

Write your Comments on this Article
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment   You have characters left.
Security Validation
Enter the characters in the image above
    
Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Kemmannu.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.
Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on kemmannu.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using kemmannu.com will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Kemmannu.com be held responsible.
Similarly, Kemmannu.com reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.




Traffic chaos in Santhekatee-Kallianpura-Nejar Roa [2 Comments]
View More

Final Journey of Michael Noronha (74 years) | LIVE from SanthekatteFinal Journey of Michael Noronha (74 years) | LIVE from Santhekatte
Obituary: Mrs Violet Crasta. Age 44, Mount Rosary, KallianpurObituary: Mrs Violet Crasta. Age 44, Mount Rosary, Kallianpur
Obituary: Mrs. Justine Lewis, 85 Years, Badanidiyooru - ThottamObituary: Mrs. Justine Lewis, 85 Years, Badanidiyooru - Thottam
Obituary: Mr. Michael Norohna,74yrs, Mt.Rosary Church, Santhekatte/KuwaitObituary: Mr. Michael Norohna,74yrs, Mt.Rosary Church, Santhekatte/Kuwait
Final Journey of Boniface Furtado (67 years) | Live from ThottamFinal Journey of Boniface Furtado (67 years) | Live from Thottam
Titular Feast at St.Theresa Church, Kemmannu | LIVETitular Feast at St.Theresa Church, Kemmannu | LIVE
Balloons & More Inaugurated at Kundapura!Balloons & More Inaugurated at Kundapura!
Rozaricho-Gaanch-September-2022-Issue-from-Mount-RosaryRozaricho-Gaanch-September-2022-Issue-from-Mount-Rosary
Final Journey of Theresa Quadros (76 years) | LIVE from KemmannuFinal Journey of Theresa Quadros (76 years) | LIVE from Kemmannu
Milarchi Lara Bulletin - Monthi Fest Issue, September 2022Milarchi Lara Bulletin - Monthi Fest Issue, September 2022
Kallianpura/Santhekatte: Sweet Tooth Ice Cream Parlor inauguratedKallianpura/Santhekatte: Sweet Tooth Ice Cream Parlor inaugurated
Sites for Sale in Santhekatte, Thottam, Alevoor and many other places, Please contact...Sites for Sale in Santhekatte, Thottam, Alevoor and many other places, Please contact...
Land/Houses for Sale in Kaup, Manipal, Kallianpur, Santhekatte, Uppor, Nejar, Kemmannu, Malpe, Ambalpady.Land/Houses  for Sale in Kaup, Manipal, Kallianpur, Santhekatte, Uppor, Nejar, Kemmannu, Malpe, Ambalpady.
Focus Studio, Near Hotel Kidiyoor, UdupiFocus Studio, Near Hotel Kidiyoor, Udupi