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Opportunity costs of election-time freebies

The Centre must lead on the freebie issue, and start a conversation on its fiscal implications

Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the third phase voting in India's general election, in Guwahati on May 7, 2024. (Photo by Biju BORO / AFP)(AFP)
Published on May 09, 2024 01:41 AM IST

Congress focused on eliminating poverty, says Varun Chaudhary

Former deputy chief minister Chander Mohan, who held a public meeting in support of Chaudhary, said if the Congress returned to power, under its Mahalakshmi scheme, ₹8,500 will be directly deposited every month into the account of a woman from every poor household

Varun Chaudhary said the Congress had given 10 guarantees in its manifesto to eliminate poverty in the country. (HT file)
Updated on May 09, 2024 09:22 AM IST
By, Panchkula

‘It’s our time to demand change for gig workers’

Gurugram's gig worker Mohammad Rizwan battles heat, long hours, and disrespect. As a first-time voter, he demands fair wages, healthcare, and respect.

Mohammad Rizwan is a 19-year-old gig worker in Gurugram. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Gurugram

Kharge to PM Modi: ‘Do only Muslims have more children? I have 5 because…’

PM Narendra Modi had sparked controversy as he alleged Congress manifesto of favouring muslims and distribute property based on number of children a family has.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Published on May 01, 2024 11:44 AM IST

Poverty and inequality debate resurfaces in election season

As Indians vote, a new chapter in the poverty debate unfolds. Economist Maitreesh Ghatak discusses recent data showing decline in poverty but widening inequality gap.

This debate has been stirred up by the release of new data from a government-sponsored consumption survey. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 06:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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