What does a common man expect from the government?
- Create an environment where the Private sector is willing to invest for a decent profit.
- Law and Order
- Infrastructure of the type in which the Private sector is too small to invest, or in which the government will (strategically) not allow the private sector player to be as single player.
- Infrastructure in which the private sector will not invest because it is not profitable – like hospitals meant for the lower end of the population.
Where would we rank Congress in all these areas?
I think it is a miserable failure. I can speak only for Mumbai – and some parts of Maharashtra.
The Congress government has not been able to ensure 100% power supply in locations where people are willing to pay Rs. 9 an unit and pay all bills on time. We are talking of 100% collection – and hence the power supply is erratic.
The infra sucks. One school in Mumbai which used to charge Rs. 30,000 for a kid in KG – in the year 2001-2, is now charging Rs. 125,000 – for the same. However they have attached an ‘I’ to it – International…Do you have a choice? Well no. The old cbsc has been discontinued…LOL. Parents do not have a choice because there are no schools nearby.
Defense, and Law and Order and the Judiciary – I am not competent to comment, but I think they have not done a good job.
The Government of India could have aggressively sold some PSU shares and used the money to build better schools around the country. Coke is helping create infra in schools – with NDTV. I am happy with the initiative (I do not drink any cola) – it is a shame that the government is not able to do this.
We need the government to invest in primary education, health care, other lower end infrastructure…Those who can pay well will anyway find a ‘pay model’ – it is the lower end of the population which needs help.
Not that BJP will be very different, but it is Congress which has been in power for most of the time….so they will have to take a bigger portion of the blame…
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