Karnataka polls: Parties using food aggregators, kids to reach freebies?

Candidates in rural areas are planning to use schoolchildren, who are now on summer vacation, for campaigning and distributing cash and freebies to people to vote in their favour. 

published on : 1st April 2023

Karnataka elections: Party leaders mark houses with alphabets to identify freebie beneficiaries 

"If there is only one woman voter, A is written on the wall and if there are five women voters in the house letter E is written," said a resident of Kampli town.

published on : 26th March 2023

Get people tested instead of giving freebies, experts suggest   

The panellists also appreciated the recently inaugurated Namma Clinics in Karnataka, which provide free consultations to people for basic ailments.

published on : 22nd March 2023

Equal opportunity, not freebies, will save the poor

The minimum wages in every sector need to be reworked to a higher level. This will hurt the middle-class pockets more, but it will stop us from exploiting the destitute.

published on : 22nd January 2023

Politics of freebies enters Karnataka

The Congress, on its part, has announced 200 units of free power to every household if voted to power in the state.

published on : 18th January 2023

Gehlot’s Rajasthan poll dice: LPG at Rs 500

After a recent decision to give free smartphones to 1.35 crore women, CM Gehlot said that poor families in the state will get domestic cooking gas cylinders for Rs 500 from next year.

published on : 20th December 2022

AAP’s freebie promise comes under locals’ scrutiny in Gujarat polls

“Gujaratis have never run after freebies, everything comes from the tax we pay,” said Bhargav Sohagia, a resident of Varachha and an entrepreneur in the hospitality sector.

published on : 28th November 2022

Record cash, liquor seized as Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat go for polls: Election Commission

The poll panel said there has been a five-fold increase in seizures in Himachal Pradesh compared to the 2017 assembly elections.

published on : 11th November 2022

Gehlot outreach: 1.35 crore women to get smartphones 

The mobiles will be distributed to women heads of the family who are a part of the health scheme called Chiranjeevi Yojna.

published on : 7th November 2022

Freebies: SC orders earliest listing of pleas before three-judge bench

A bench headed by CJI UU Lalit on Tuesday directed for listing the pleas seeking ban on irrational freebies before a three judge bench at the “earliest.

published on : 2nd November 2022

SC orders to post freebies matter before 3-judge bench as early as possible

The SC had earlier said that there is a need to draw a distinction between welfare schemes and other promises that are made by political parties before elections.

published on : 1st November 2022

Free services are not ‘revdis’, Delhi Chief Minister retorts to PM jibe

AAP, which is contesting forthcoming Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, has promised 24x7 power supply and jobs, among others.

published on : 24th October 2022

Inflation and the risks of freebie politics

There is no let up. This week saw consumer price inflation rise higher than expected in the United States derailing theories of peak inflation. In India, too, CPI spiked to 7.41 per cent in September.

published on : 16th October 2022

Have 'zero tolerance' towards distribution of any kind of inducement: Chief Election Commissioner

Parties have been asked on how will they manage the required finances. The EC plans to tweak the model code by making the proforma part of it.

published on : 14th October 2022

Freebies: SC refuses to grant urgent listing 

Turning down Upadhyay’s plea, CJI said, “We’ll make a note. They are not matters which are urgent. Send them to my chambers.”

published on : 14th October 2022

Election Commission takes first step to curb freebies during election

In a bid to curb freebies, the Election Commission on Tuesday told political parties to disclose the authentic financial implications of poll promises made to the voters.

published on : 5th October 2022

SBI warns of freebies time-bomb, urges SC to cap spend at one per cent of state GDP 

The report suggests that the apex court panel fix a band, say 1 per cent of GSDP or 1 per cent of state own tax collections or 1 per cent of state revenue expenditure for these welfare schemes.

published on : 3rd October 2022

Samples given to doctors are not freebies: Pharma companies in Karnataka HC

The free sample of medicines given to the medical practitioners is only to prove the efficacy and to establish the trust of the doctors on the quality of the drugs, the petition claimed.

published on : 30th September 2022

Access to all is key measure of success

TN’s success in the midday meal scheme adopted nationally is well-known and its approach towards welfare has become central both to its development as well as the political debate on ‘freebies’.

published on : 20th September 2022

Fiscal federalism and hullabaloo around freebies

How can the Centre justify its tax concessions to the rich while running a continuous revenue deficit?

published on : 20th September 2022
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