Get MPs, MLAs to #Give it up
This refers to the timely and lively editorial “Much ado about #Give it up” (July 15). There can’t be two views that the BJP-led NDA government can’t afford to carry on with UPA’s regime of absurdly high subsidies. It is an open secret that most of the government-offered subsidies seldom reach the designated class or community in our country, owing to very well-known leakages. Ever since PM Modi launched a relentless massive public campaign seeking voluntary surrender of the LPG subsidy by the well-to-do of the country, nearly one million people have so far honestly given it up. But this number is just insignificant when viewed in terms of total Aadhaar-linked registered LPG connections across the country. Nevertheless, the government of the day has not yet given up, as other administrative attempts are also being made to make this figure look somewhat more attractive. It is learnt that the Army officers are being asked to come forward and ‘contribute’ in this national mission. Perhaps, this motivational scheme could soon be very safely extended to other government departments and organisations and later to the private sector as well. One really wonders as to why this persuasive concept does not apply to our MPs and MLAs? Will the government publish the names of our respectable ministers, MPs and MLAs who have so far positively ‘responded’ to PM Modi’s appeal for this national cause? The moot question remains: Why is such charity not beginning at the most appropriate place so that all other well-to-do sons and daughters of the India may be also be encouraged and motivated to emulate them. But will it ever happen in India? No guesses, please.
SK Gupta, Delhi