In all the recent bye-elections to the state legislative assembly in Tamilnadu, the ruling party or the member of its alliance won. The ruling party sought and obtained the votes on its performance, mainly of giving to the people (who are also voters) free of cost, colour televisions, cooking gas connection and stove, 2 acres of arable land (to several landless people), house sits, houses, clothes(dhotis and sarees), marriage grant, child allowance,. mid-day meals, bus-passes, bicycles, books, uniforms, etc. to the school children as well as supplying rice at Re.1/a kilogram against its market price of Rs.10 to Rs.15. The ruling party credits its victories to the aforesaid welfare schemes of the government.
Other political parties in the state, ADMK, Communist parties, PMK. MDMK, DMDK, VCK .etc have no objection to the ruling DMK party’s above mentioned welfare schemes
Not only in Tamilnadu, but in all other states also, all or most of the political parties are for such welfare schemes as above.
Now, the question that arises, is whether good governance means, taking care of the basic and entertainment and other needs of the people from government funds, directly
or using the government funds judicially
to control crime,
to provide infrastructure for delivering quality education and medical treatment,
to provide good roads,
to keep the roads and streets clean,
to provide clean drinking water,
to ensure uninterrupted electric supply,
to encourage higher agricultural and industrial production,
and thereby create jobs for all
Mahatma Gandhi said that no one should give to a healthy person, things free, but should instead provide him work which would make him work and enable him to buy his requirements.
There is a need for a debate on what is good governance.