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Freebies by political parties a serious economic issue, agrees SC

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  • Harps on need for expert body for suggestions to control freebies promised before elections

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday concurred with the petitioner in the pre-election freebies case, noting that it was a serious economic issue.

It said that there was need for a committee to determine the impact of frebies and how to regulate them.

The court is hearing a petition by advocate and BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyaya.

He submitted that such promises and distribution of money had reached alarming levels.

CJI NV Ramana said that all stakeholders, either in favour of or against it, including RBI, NitiAayog and Opposition parties, have to be involved in the process of making constructive suggestion.

The SC directed all the parties to make suggestions about forming a body to look into the issue.

The next hearing in the matter is on August 8.

 

 

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