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GD Topic: All governmental subsidies should be abolished

Post MBA exam results, Group Discussion will be crucial for MBA admission so it is advised to read and practice with variety of topics. 

In following GD topic, you will be getting some points with divergent views which you can pick up and develop.  Today, you will read GD topic: 
All governmental subsidies should be abolished
The Indian government has come up with many subsidies, some of which have backfired instead of helping the poor and the underprivileged. However, it is too harsh to say that all government subsidies should be abolished.
 This is because it is only with the help of such subsidies that the gap between the rich and the poor can be reduced. On the other hand, the government should not promote subsidies that are discriminatory in nature. 
For example, the Haj subsidy is considered discriminatory in nature because it favors a religion and not the poor or the underprivileged (as a whole). Since India is a society that practices pluralism, without allowing religion to interfere with politics, its policies should be in line with this ideology too. To ensure that poor people across all religious groups are treated fairly, the government should extend this subsidy to other religious groups too.
Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pointed out that with subsidies on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and diesel, there is an increase in the amount of energy wastage too. By giving farmers free power, it leads to the misuse of energy. 
This does not mean that subsidies must be abolished. Basically, the government should regulate the subsidies to prevent anyone from misusing or taking advantage of the government’s good nature.
Some subsidies have worked well in India, including the subsidy on education loans undertaken by poor students. By reducing the amount of loan that needs to repaid, the government is allowing more children to become educated. This will ultimately increase competitiveness of the Indian market and enhance India’s economy.
So, just because some of the subsidies have failed in achieving their objectives does not mean that all subsidies should be eradicated. Subsidies should be regulated by the government to ensure that resources are used wisely by the population.
In addition, subsidies should not create divisions along religious lines. Subsidies are meant to uplift the standard of living of the poor, and there should not be further discrimination beyond the economic level.

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