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Can Freebies distributed during Elections be the cause of a nation’s deterioration?

Lawstreet Journal 23 Jul 2021 6:29pm

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On August 1, 2019, months before the Delhi assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal announced free electricity up to 200 units of consumption. This decision received mixed responses. Some were happy they no longer have to worry about their bills, while others expressed concern over the deeper impact of this decision. Let’s dig into this debate and find out for ourselves the truth. 

What are Freebies?

A freebie could be anything that you receive free of cost. In the political sense, freebies refer to the promises of free rewards made by candidates to garner votes. AAP offered free electricity up to 200 units and half the bill up to 400 units and free metro and bus rides to women if they win the elections. Freebies are a trend in elections everywhere in India from liquor distribution to free laptops. 

Political and Economic Impact of Freebies:

Anything that you receive free from the government isn’t a generous gift by their leaders. Politicians don’t spend their own money. It is public money that is used to provide these freebies.

A huge amount of money is spent on giving such freebies. The Delhi government allocated Rs 3223 Crores to the power department to subsidize electricity this fiscal year. 

While there is an estimated fiscal deficit of 5,080 crores in the fiscal year 2020-21. This fiscal deficit will be met using borrowings. This will ultimately harm the public in one or the other form i.e., inflation, rise in taxes/duties etc. 

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