DMK asked about asking for freebies: Loan waiver is not a freebie for companies

Tamil Nadu’s ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party has urged the Supreme Court to take part in a ‘freebie’-related petition seeking to waive the Adani Group’s Rs 72 billion loans during the first three years of the government’s Narendra Modi. . Is.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. (Photo: PTI)

Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party has told the Supreme Court that the petition related to the “freebies” is politically motivated.

According to the report, the DMK questioned whether the corporate loan waiver by the BJP-led central government was not a free gift to these companies.

Instantly becoming a party to this petition filed in the Supreme Court, the DMK has talked about waiving off Rs 72,000 crore loans from the Adani Group during the first three years of the Narendra Modi government.

Its application to the apex court on Saturday said, “In the last five years, banks wrote off loans worth Rs 9.92 lakh crore, of which Rs 7.27 crore belonged to public sector banks alone “. Aren’t these corporate gifts?’

Opposition lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay called for action against political parties for promising free facilities during elections, DMK said they have only promised “freebies” to marginalized sections of society. But “there has been no talk of big loan and tax breaks.” exemptions granted to companies”.

The party has also said that the petition is “politically motivated” as the petitioner had filed this PIL at a time when assembly elections were due in Punjab. The party said that the party to which the petitioners belong was also contesting the elections in Punjab.

The DMK alleged that the present petition has no merit and has been filed with another rival political party in Punjab to settle political “scores”.

The party has strongly opposed the use of the term “free facilities or freebies” for the welfare measures mentioned in Part IV of the Constitution. DMK said, “If the petitioner is concerned about the burden on the exchequer, the petitioner should have been concerned about the tax breaks and loan waivers given to both wealthy corporates and wealthy individuals.” However, the petitioners seem to be unaware of these exemptions, which are 3-4 times the budget earmarked for welfare measures.

The party argued that welfare schemes cannot be seen as ‘free facilities’ as they act as a strong catalyst for the upliftment of weaker sections.

Tamil Nadu is known for its innovative welfare schemes, which include distribution of televisions, cycles and laptops to the economically and socially weaker sections. In its application, the DMK has sought a response from the petitioner on what is the justification for wanting to withhold welfare measures such as food, education and travel subsidies for the poor and downtrodden at a time when corporate they continue to receive large tax breaks. .

DMK says the criteria to be applied to classify welfare schemes as ‘free facilities’ cannot be so strict that all services provided by the government to its citizens are termed ‘free facilities’ .

“If this meaning is applied, it will include all government facilities like education, health care in the category of free service,” said submissions by Senior Advocate P. Wilson, who appeared in DMK.

He said the petition deserves to be dismissed. Calling it an attack on the Guiding Principles of State Policy, he said it is an attempt to change the fabric of this country from a socialist country to a capitalist one.

The DMK says that India as a socialist economy means we have to give priority to public welfare while continuing with schemes to benefit the most vulnerable sections of society. The party said: “Calling social spending a gift culture is a flawed analysis because over the years the massive social benefits of these schemes far outweigh the spending on them.”

In a hearing on the matter, CJI NV Ramana had said that “irrational freebies” are a serious economic problem and during election time the “freebie budget” goes way above the normal budget. The bench had directed the Election Commission to frame guidelines in this regard, in response to which the Commission had said that in the absence of a proper law, it cannot regulate promises of free facilities by political parties when they come in power

Against the DMK, the Aam Aadmi Party has also filed a similar application in the apex court to become a party.

DMK in its application, referring to its many welfare schemes like mid-day meal, free electricity for agriculture sector, giving Rs 5,000 in inter-caste marriage, said that Tamil Nadu has not become in a poor state because of these, but that has led to development. and has narrowed the growing gap in income inequality.

According to PTI news agency, DMK petitioner organizing secretary RS Bharti said that the core of the Dravidian movement’s ideology is the socio-economic upliftment of backward, backward and all other downtrodden sections of the society.

Referring to the origin and rise of the Dravidian movement since the days of the ‘Justice Party’ nearly a century ago, Bharti said Justice Party (JP) veteran Tyagarayar (1852-1925) was the first step taken in this direction. The JP leader provided free education, books and lunch to the school students.

He said: “It encouraged students to go to schools. How can you describe an initiative as a ‘free facility’? These initiatives have evolved over time. The mid-day meal plan eventually became in a healthy meal program Now the Chief Minister MK Stalin has started the feeding program for the school students.

He said that only these schemes have broken the social barriers and opened the avenues of education to the backward and other classes, which were earlier within the reach of a small section of the population.

Bharti said former Chief Minister K. During Kamaraj’s time, education was provided free of charge up to SSLC level. He said when DMK founder CN Annadurai took over, he ensured that the college remained available to students up to the previous level at no cost.

“When Kalaignar (late chief minister M. Karunanidhi) became the chief minister, he was elevated to the graduation level,” he said. This ensured that students from backward classes and oppressed sections of the society get education.

“Just take the Rs 1000 aid scheme announced by Chief Minister Stalin for girl students, this is women empowerment, it was the dream of Periyar EV Ramasamy, a symbol of social justice and the basis of Dravidian ideology,” he said.

(with input from the language of the news agency)

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