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The cost of poll freebies: Who will bell the cat and how?

In their endeavour to end election freebies, the Union government and the Supreme Court could draw on the insights available from the model followed in Australia, where they have ‘The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1988’ 

August 02, 2022 / 12:29 PM IST
The cost of poll freebies: Who will bell the cat and how?

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S Chandrasekhar Earlier this year, the Maharashtra government decided that residential units of up to 500 square feet within the Mumbai municipal area limits will not be required to pay property tax. As per estimates, this will lead to a loss of revenues to the tune of Rs 462 crores. The ostensible reason for this waiver was a poll promise made by the Shiv Sena in the year 2017. Since elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation are scheduled later this year it seemed...

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