The news item "Get more subsidised cooking gas now" in Business Line (January 18) is good news for domestic consumers. Increasing the number of subsidised cylinders from six to nine a year will bring much-needed financial relief. At least 12 cylinders per year for a family of three or four would be a good benchmark. For business/bulk consumers, the pricing could be on market-rate basis.
This refers to “Most States unprepared for PPPs”. It is common in India that a scheme is launched with much fanfare, but without doing the formal and complete groundwork. As a consequence, most projects might not be completed in time and there would be cost overruns by the companies involved. The ultimate objective of this unique model would be lost in the process. It's high time a cohesive framework is created for PPPs.
This is with reference to the article ‘Don’t undermine CAG’s role’ (Business Line, January 18). Before the 2G spectrum case, even the educated did not have a clear idea of the function and role of the CAG. But now even a layman is better informed. The analysis of presumptive losses on 2G licences and coal block allocations by the CAG threw light on his vital role in ensuring that public funds are spent in a fair manner. To establish corruption-free governance, the CAG must produce public reports on Government audit, at least to check mismanagement in the future.