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Pongal Goodies

Now, free LPG—it's populism on high flame

Pongal Goodies
Pongal Goodies
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Ever since the DMK came to power in Tamil Nadu last year, it has been raining sops in the state. Those who were dismissive of chief minister M. Karunanidhi's pre-poll promises have had to eat their words. The sops have been coming in a phased manner and making headlines every few months. Rice at Rs 2 a kg, waiver of cooperative loans, free colour televisions and distribution of 2 acres of land to the landless have all happened. And now comes a scheme that spells relief to thousands of women. This Pongal (January 14), the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, 34,500 double-burner gas stoves along with LPG connections and pressure regulators will be handed over in Chennai by Karunanidhi and in other districts by central and state ministers. The DMK has promised that by 2010 Tamil Nadu will become the first state where each household would have an LPG connection.

While critics are quick to dub the LPG-cum-stove scheme as a populist move, it has many benefits. Rural women often trudge long distances in search of dry wood and other fuel. Such fuel is...
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