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Freebie Culture Deteriorating Financial Health Of Many States: VP

He also emphasised the need for constant dialogue between the people and the governments for citizen-centric and responsive governance

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Cautioning against the populist measures to garner votes from various political parties, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that the freebie culture has led to the deteriorating financial health of many states. 

“Government should definitely support the poor and needy, but at the same time should prioritize health, education and infrastructure development,” he said.

Naidu added that policymaking and implementation should be a two-way process with people’s participation at every stage, he said. 

Addressing the Indian information service officers of the 2018 and 2019 batches, Naidu highlighted the role of communication in bridging the divide between the governments and citizens. 

“In a democracy, people need to be empowered through timely information on government’s policies and initiatives in their mother tongues. On the other hand, governments also need to be apprised of people’s expectations and aspirations in an objective and timely manner,” he said.

Describing India as the largest Parliamentary democracy in the world, he said that the purpose of any reform process should be to make people’s life happy and prosperous. 

“Therefore, the focus of all government policy measures should be on bringing lasting happiness to people’s lives,” he told the officers and at the same time, underscored the need to bear with “temporary pain for long-term gain”.

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