ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Government by Gambling

Government by Gambling

Government by Gambling V M Dandekar IN the auspicious year of the Birth Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, the Governments of most States have inaugurated two important social reforms: One is relaxing or altogether lifting prohibition; the other is initiating State lotteries. Whatever the justification given, the reasons for the two reforms are obvious. The expenditure on development programmes and the expenditure incurred in the name of or incidental to such programmes has been mounting day by day. Two years ago, the then Finance Minister suggested that public expenditure must be restrained and unproductive expenditure must be eliminated. Much thought was given to the subject. Several economy measures were explored in order to cut down public expenditure. But they turned out to be politically impossible. Hence- it became obvious that additional finances must he raised to meet mounting expenditure.

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