Freebies are no answer to poverty
The Tamil Nadu Government should be held responsible for an irresponsible announcement.
Every ration card holder is not poor. The move to give Rs.1000 to every single ration card holder is only a trick being played out by the ruling party to cover up its record of corruption.
There should be a choice. For example, only some sugar is given to white card holders who earn more than some specified amount of income every month. This is just in order. These ration card holders should have the option of saying no to the freebie. The cumulative amount saved should be distributed to the BOP families.
In particular, this amount can be accumulated and given in the form of relief material to the Tiruvarur district people affected by the Gaja cyclone. There is a by-election already announced and the model code of conduct is in force.
On my part, am ready to surrender the amount that would come to me. I hold a ration card of the white variety.