Reducing the risk associated with electricity distribution is more important than providing free electricity

Vardhan Tripathi hard. Most of the political parties in the country promise to give a lot to the public for free in terms of their electoral politics and they also try to deliver on it. But the Delhi model is being discussed mostly in the free politics of the country. Delhi Chief Minister says it is government’s duty to provide free electricity and water. That is why when Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that the country would be entering a dangerous situation by distributing Rewari for free, Kejriwal, despite not being named, reacted strongly. Without naming each other, the way PM and Delhi CM have presented free Revdi distribution in opposite direction, it becomes necessary to understand this policy of free distribution.

In the last year of the first term of UPA, just before the Lok Sabha elections, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the farm loan waiver without worrying about the consequences of the loan waiver on the economy Political analysts also believe that the Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver created an atmosphere in the country and the UPA came back to power. But how lethal this loan waiver was for farmers and state banks can be easily gauged from the statements of the then Agriculture Secretary T Nandakumar. T Nandakumar was the Food Secretary from 2006-08 and the Agriculture Secretary from 2008-10. The decision of agricultural loan waiver was taken as soon as he was the Secretary of Agriculture. It was not possible to oppose the government’s decision as Agriculture Secretary, but later Nandkumar had expressed his regret for this decision. He admitted that this worsened the financial situation of the banks.

This is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have announced farm loan waiver in the state before the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections, but the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clearly told Parliament that any loan waiver is against government policy. It was like going against populist politics. However, instead of the populist decision to waive off farm loans, the Modi government decided to introduce three new farm laws along with fundamental reforms in the farm sector to ensure that farmers get the right price for their produce. However, Prime Minister Modi had to withdraw it due to strong political opposition and the internal security threat created by the attempt to incite Khalistani sentiments in Punjab under the guise of ‘this protest. Attempts to make farmers economically prosperous failed.

The good thing is that instead of doing freewheeling politics, the Modi government kept trying to empower the farmer in different ways. To keep money in the hands of the farmer in tough times, it was decided to give Kisan Samman Nidhi. Now questions are also being raised about this and this question seems reasonable that during this time without giving money in the hands of farmers and giving farmers the right price for their produce can be good for the agriculture sector. Now here is the need to properly understand the financial situation of the country and the politics of gifts. In difficult times like Corona period, Government of India had also given a fixed amount to the unorganized sector workers and at that time it was the responsibility of the government to deal with the hardships they faced due to the total ban. and the consequent loss of employment opportunities Bring help. For this reason, through different programs, an effort was made to help marginalized people.

In fact, when Narendra Modi plans to help poor income group people or farmers for free, empowering them in the long term, gradually work has been going on in the direction of ending the culture of free distribution of Revdi . But on the contrary, in Delhi, which is among the states with the highest per capita income in the country, the government here has implemented the free electricity and water scheme and wants to implement it in other states in the country calling it the Delhi Model. That is why the comment came from Kejriwal following the Prime Minister’s advice to avoid free rewari. How Delhi’s free policy is affecting Delhi’s treasury is estimated from the Economic Survey. According to the Economic Survey for the year 2021-22, Delhi’s fiscal deficit has increased three times in 2020-21. One can guess how dangerous Delhi’s model of free politics is.

The opposition to the Delhi government alleges that Delhi’s revenue is currently Rs 61,891 crore, while expenditure is Rs 71,085 crore, meaning the estimated deficit is Rs 9,194 crore. In the race to distribute free Revdi, Punjab has already reached a bad position and is climbing towards a bad economic situation. More than Rs 72 billion will be needed to fulfill the free advertisements made by the Aam Aadmi Party at the time of the Punjab elections. Punjab Agricultural Economist Sardara Singh Johal says in this regard that with the implementation of the Delhi model in Punjab, Punjab will soon be trapped in the vicious circle of terrible debt. He has said that as soon as Bhagwant Mann government came, he has taken a loan of 33 billion rupees and also he has to repay the previous loan of 3 billion rupees. There is nothing wrong in the state taking a loan from the Center to create basic facilities, but taking a loan to distribute free Rewari will ruin Punjab.

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Edited by: Sanjay Pokhriyal

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