The total subsidy to the well-off amounts to above Rs 1 lakh crore
GN Bureau | February 26, 2016
Economic survey 2015-16 finds uneven distribution of Rs 100,000 crore subsidies going to the better-off merely on account of six commodities like gold, LPG, kerosene, electricity, railway fares, aviation and turbine fuel plus the small savings scheme. The total amount given as subsidy is no less than Rs 91,350 crore which is an underestimate of the actual subsidy to the better-off because of the underestimation of the consumption by the rich in the national service scheme. This represents substantial leakage from the government’s kitty, and an opportunity foregone to help the truly deserving.
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