In the aftermath of the UPA’s electoral drubbing in the recent assembly elections, the debate about welfare economics has intensified. In an interview with Outlook, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh argues that such schemes are essential to sustain growth and vice versa.
Why have welfare measures failed to work for the UPA in Rajasthan and Delhi? Or have such doles worked against it?
Absolutely not. These are all bogus analysis. We do welfare because it’s needed, not to win or lose elections.
But why are they not resulting in support for the government? Is it because of poor implementation?
We have to get the political messaging right. We have to get the political outreach right. People should begin to see benefits from these programmes. People vote for a variety of reasons. They don’t vote on the basis of one programme or the other.
But why are the people not seeing the benefits...