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Health, education should be free

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BusinessLine It’s high time diligent taxpayers paid attention to where their money was being used by the government. And it may not be out of line to insist that taxpayer money be used in providing subsidised, if not entirely free, education and healthcare for... More »

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The cost of Delhi’s free power

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BusinessLine Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s move to offer free power has shaken up the power sector. The announcement shatters hopes of a shift to market-driven policies easing the pressure on power distribution utilities. Last week Kejriwal in a ‘mega... More »

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Why free metro rides for women?

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BusinessLine The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has proposed to make travel by buses and metro rail free for all women in about three months. The measure is meant to encourage more women to use public transport, which the government reckons is the safest... More »

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AAP’s populism and Delhi Metro’s ‘free rider’ problem

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BusinessLine Ah, the move to let women ride free on Delhi’s Metro and buses? That’s right. Delhi’s AAP government, headed by Arvind Kejriwal, has caused quite a flutter with the decision. What do critics have against it? Oh, many things. Some claim that since ... More »