Freebies in limited doses are good for economy: Kejriwal

Freebies in limited doses are good for economy: Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal. Tribune file

New Delhi, January 24

Under attack for doling out subsidies, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said freebies in limited dose are good for the economy as they make more money available to the poor and boost demand.

Opposition parties have been attacking the AAP-led Delhi government for giving “freebies” ahead of polls after it announced schemes like free bus rides for women and 200 units of free electricity.

“Freebies, in limited dose, are good for economy. It makes more money available to poor, hence boosts demand. However, it should be done in such limits so that no extra taxes have to be imposed and it does not lead to budget deficits,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Slamming the BJP, Kejriwal said he is happy that the people of Delhi had forced the saffron party to ask for votes on the basis of CCTVs, schools and unauthorised colonies.

Reacting to a tweet of the BJP Delhi in which Union Home Minister Amit Shah had asked how many schools had been constructed and cameras installed by the AAP government, Kejriwal said he is happy that Shah saw some CCTV cameras as earlier he had claimed that he could not find a single one.

“I am happy you saw some CCTV cameras. A few days back you said there was not a single camera. Take out some time, we will show you our schools also. I am extremely happy that the people of Delhi have changed the politics by which the BJP has to ask for votes on CCTV, schools and raw colonies here,” he said in a tweet.

Responding to Shah’s allegation that he could not find WiFi in Delhi as promised by Kejriwal and that his battery drained out in the process, the Delhi Chief Minister said along with free WiFi they had also made arrangement for free charging points. PTI

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