How to increase social security for the poor?Today, after linking the Aadhar card to the PAN number, within a matter of seconds, it is possible for any State Government to know exactly the economic status of any citizen , urban or rural.
And, planning some schemes for the very poor people, so that they are far better in terms of their existence, if not growth?
Some experiments have already been done in some States. In Tamil Nadu, there was the white card holders (this author included), who were entitled only to sugar, at some one kilo for each member of the family, at subsidized prices. The logic is simple. Those who are relatively better off, will simply subsidize the poor. In fact, Governments will do well to invite Corporate organizations to contribute to this kitty, so that this corpus can be used to subsidize the rations.
This is not enough. Rice is given at the rate of twenty kilograms to each ration holder. This should even be increased to thirty kilograms, in every State, after identifying the real beneficiaries.
If we reduce some expenditure, this kind of subsidy is more easy to provide. We have one of the most idiotic Union Ministers, from Tamil Nadu, and belonging to the BJP, who flies down to Tamil Nadu and more so, to Madurai, every second day. He does not seem to be seem to doing anything sensible at all. Why should this comedian come down, at Government expense?
We need to question such wasteful expenditure.
Now, coming back to the subsidies. Why not give them at least five kilograms of sugar, and one kilogram of each of the major dall, that finds its way to the kitchen, at subsidized prices. The rich, that is every single citizen who can contribute to this corpus, which should be used to subsidize the rations to the poor.
I guess this is poetic justice. It is something that we all need to do. We need to even approach the Supreme Court to get this done. In an era where we have the smart cards for rations, it is very easy possible to identify what needs to be done to keep the corpus as healthy as possible, so that the voluntary contributions can continue at any point in time.
Well, the likes of Rajnikant, whose net worth is seventy thousand crore rupees, can contribute to this corpus. In fact, there should be no "can" here. It should always be "should".
Members can also suggest any innovative measure to keep the poor happy and their head above water.