The problem of free: it is not a problem between the Center and the State

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The central government and the states offer freebies, but Delhi is an exception as it has high incomes and low tax responsibilities

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The gift debate is derailed. The Supreme Court is seized of the case when it should have better things to do. States not governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party have taken the cudgel to the Center for allegedly trying to prevent them from providing better welfare to their people. Some columnists have also weighed in on the side of the States, even though the Minister of Finance has raised the right question: why not provide for your welfarist expenses in your budgets instead of leaving the question of financing “freebies” vague or letting the givers of the freebies go bankrupt (eg, discoms)?


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First published: Mon 05 Sep 2022 22:50 IST

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