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The Ration Card Route

Do doles work? Do they bring votes? The assembly elections rekindle the debate.

The Ration Card Route
Vivek Pateria
The Ration Card Route
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The Dole Route

  • Delhi Despite leading with schemes like Bhagidari, Congress lost due to poor implementation, corruption.
  • Rajasthan Schemes like free medicine, right to time-bound services implemented. Political disconnect, delay failed to help.
  • Mizoram CM Lalthanhawla rode to victory on a range of welfare schemes.
  • Madhya Pradesh Welfare and empowerment through rights-based services model along with a strong dose of development helped CM Shivraj Chouhan win a third term.
  • Chhattisgarh Chief minister Raman Singh continues to be identified by his welfare programmes. However his support base has slipped in the interiors for varied reasons.

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One of the biggest ‘fights’ of 2013 was centred on economics—yes, growth versus  development—with Jagdish Bhagwati and Amartya Sen playing the lead actors. Now, in the dying days of December,...

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