Spending on health and education cannot be gifts: MP Stalin

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He also took an apparent swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for opposing the handouts, but said he didn’t want to talk much about it because “it will become politics”.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin said on Saturday August 13 that government spending on education and health cannot be construed as gifts and said such measures were extended to the poor and to those who live on the margins. He also took an apparent swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for opposing the handouts, but said he didn’t want to talk much about it because “it will become politics”.

In fact, the Supreme Court said the gifts and the welfare program were different, Stalin said at an event at Arumigu Kapaleeswarar Arts and Science College in his constituency of Kolathur.

“Spending on education and health cannot be free. Because education is about knowledge while medicine is about health. This government wants to put in place adequate social protection programs in these two sectors,” he said. he declared.

Listing initiatives in the fields of health and education, including those delivered to homes, Stalin said that “these are not gifts (but) welfare schemes”. “These are implemented for the benefit of the poor and marginalized, he said.

In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Modi, Stalin said: “Some people have now recently emerged with the advice that there should be no freebies.”

“We don’t mind. If I talk more, it will become politics. So I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi had recently said that the freebies were a key part of India’s efforts to become self-reliant and also a burden on taxpayers and criticized some opposition parties for engaging in the freebies policy.

Furthermore, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for giving a “perverse spin” to the giveaway debate, saying the AAP leader putting education and health in this category was an attempt to strike fear into the minds of the poor.

On Friday, Stalin said his government’s flagship free bus travel program for women was not a gift but an “economic revolution” that had guaranteed savings to beneficiaries.

The various DMK and AIADMK schemes have implemented various free government initiatives over the years in different areas of the state, such as Color Television Program (DMK), Dairy Animals and Laptop for Students (AIADMK ).

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