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    Are the socio-economic welfare policies part of good governance?

    Various States Governments and even the Central Government have brought various welfare schemes for the benefit of the economically weaker sections and to promote the socio-economic conditions of the region. The Vajpayee Government was well know for the construction of good roads connecting the rural areas and the national high way development. Such schemes do get appreciation from all corners. But the vote bank politics in India, specially in the Southern part is on higher intensity and all the parties come up with various populist schemes.

    If you are extending the medical facilities under the Government's health insurance schemes, sure we have to appreciate. Special incentives given to women folk for their self-employment schemes in rural areas are not being properly monitored as reported by various news agencies. Are these welfare schemes necessarily be a part of good governance or just political gimmick?
  • #622106
    Yes socio-economic policies of government are indicators of good governance. It was a glorious year for India as the Union government under the patronage of PM Modi has envisaged new concepts and programs in education and skill development. There has been greater emphasis of enhancing the quality of education to prepare for new India to accept the modern challenges in every field.. The major education reforms during 2017 was the establishment of permanent campuses for IIT;s at Tirupati, Palakkad, Goa, Dharwad, Jammu and Bhilai. In a major break through to test the abilities of the candidates appearing in various entrance exams by the students, the government has established National Testing agency through which 40,00,000 students appeared in entrance exams. In a major move to boost the education in higher levels, the government has given vast powers to Indian Institute of Managements across the country by terming them as the Institutes of National importance and thereby vast powers to award degrees and certificates on their own. In another breakthrough in education , the Modi government has introduced Swayam education scheme through which massive online courses can be learned and so far 18 lakh students from across the country have registered for this. All these are indicators of good governance.
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  • #622109
    I can say to some extent these schemes may be good for good governance. But I always feel showing a path to earn your necessities and creating ways and means to all people to earn is the correct good governance. But food free of cost through out the life time is nothing but a vote bank politics only. That should not be encouraged permanently. Of course initially for the first generation or for a particular time some free sops may be organised but after that individuals should try to be self sufficient . But it is the other way in our country. Special provisions basing on caste and economical conditions are being provided life time to people which is making them lazy and they are becoming a liability to the country. This part will not come under good governance. It is purely vote bank tactics only. I
    always confident

  • #622141
    Welfare of all sections of people at least in ensuring the essential necessitates is the priority of any government.

    A good part of the revenue is earmarked for such welfare schemes. However when for many decades,year after year huge amounts are spent in welfare schemes and still we go on spending, it means that either the programmes are not effective, there are leaks , or they go waste. Government and society needs to review such schemes effectiveness and to pluck out those exploiting them even though they do not deserve them. Of late such welfare schemes are taken for granted as a means to be lazy and enjoying by even those who are well-to--do, without any need to share and contribute to the government. Misguided political patronage and vote bank politics help continuation of benefits enjoyed by the undeserving.

    Aadhaar card was introduced to rectify that and to ensure that the benefits really reach the true needy and deserving.

  • #622794
    Any large scale welfare policy for the benefit of the poor and needy should be viewed like two sides of the coin. There are many programs like rural electrification, construction of roads etc which were are very good with genuine intent. Now, if you flip the coin and consider the backside, behind such major schemes would be a ulterior motive that directly or indirectly leads to the vote bank. Free electricity for farmers, farmer loan waive off, subsided food for relatives of hospitalized patients, rice for Rs 2, free TV, free laptop etc, all these can be considered as part of the political propaganda. Where is the money coming from for all these programs, the moment a new government comes into power, some schemes are abruptly shut off or modified to the advantage of the new leader.

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