Matter of concern

That the ruling party and the main Opposition in Tamil Nadu are competing with each other in doling out freebies is worrying. It will be a terrible burden on the exchequer which is already in a debt trap. It is people who are largely to blame for the freebie culture. We should realise that we will benefit in the true sense only when education, health care, infrastructure, irrigation and employment improve.

S. Muthupalaniappan, Sholinghur

I am appalled at the way political parties are promising goodies from the exchequer if they are voted to power. How can a party decide to spend the taxpayers' money that belongs to all on distributing freebies to some sections? How can someone dole out money from a purse that does not completely belong to him?

All welfare measures should be supported by budgetary allocations duly passed by the legislature after discussions. Giving out mixies, television sets, laptops, grinders, etc., can hardly be called welfare measures.

S.R. Devaprakash, Tumkur

There is nothing strange or peculiar about the freebie culture. Kings and queens of yore were generous enough to dole out freebies frequently, in the form of villages, land, jewellery, foodgrains, cash and clothes. Since there were no elections in those days, freebies were distributed on festive or happy occasions.

B.R. Kumar, Chennai

Fundamentally, there is no difference between “cash for votes” given before the election and “free gifts for votes” distributed after the election. Consider a potential MLA a job aspirant and the electorate the selection committee. Is there any difference between giving money before the interview and giving costly gifts after getting the job?

Nanjundan Murali, Coimbatore

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