Healthy budget

Sir, — Your appreciation of the bold steps in the Tamil Nadu budget (March 28), though muffled, is appropriate. A striking feature of the budget is the indirect and subliminal way the changes are sought to be brought about. The abolition of cheap liquor will do away with excessive consumption and falling revenue and bars will banish the hypocrisy of clandestine drinking. Voluntary retirement scheme will help the administration downsize. Food coupons will eliminate imaginary numbers and subsidy-diversion. And zero-base budgeting will drive away wasteful white elephants. On the whole, reforms are afoot, though not on a fast track.

L. Rajaraman, Thanjavur, T.N.

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