New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has warned the Delhi government not to give freebies as they badly affect the system, on Friday. The Court was dealing with a case filed against Aravind Kejriwal’s government for announcing free travel for women on the Delhi metro.
It had asked the government to refrain from providing freebies using public money. It went to the extent of stopping them, by saying that it is not ‘powerless’. “If you will allow people to travel for free, then the Delhi metro may go into loss. If you give freebies, we will stop you. You are fighting for a cause here and you want them to incur a loss. Do not give sops, it is public money,” the bench of Justices, Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta told the lawyer appearing on behalf of the Delhi government. “Do not think that the courts are powerless.” the bench stated.
The remarks of the apex court may have an impact on other states also which will generously use public money for the sake of votes.