Can we have a social security net for the poor, this way?Recently, I had been to the temple town of Kumbakonam with my family members. We gave Rs.20/- to a very old person, who was in-charge of cleaning all the banana leaves on which we had our breakfast and also wipe the table clean. His age would be, at least seventy. His face lit up and tears rolled down his cheeks. Perhaps he is paid some Rs.500 apart from free food, in that typical Brahmin, middle class hotel.
We were shocked, to say the least. Perhaps, he had never seen this money for such a long time, as tips. That struck me: why not a social security net for such very poor people this way?
If all people in a particular locality were to contribute just Rs.10/- minimum per family, and those who are willing to give even more, per month, we can give some money to such poor people, as some sort of allowance for such people. Imagine if some Rs.50,000/- were to be collected every month, through a trust. Money should never be wasted on any publicity, but used to help only those really in need, like a brilliant child, needing some help for education in plus two and so on. The State Government should never come in at all. Some very honest elders, should administer such a trust.
Members may please share their views on this suggestion. Of course, it has to be localized. It cannot be State wide, as it will be difficult to administer.