Harrycool

June 8, 2010

Shift The Target

Filed under: Economics — Tags: , — HarryCool @ 12:55 am

Very interesting point of view and sounds extremly convincing. Surprisingly I am reading something around these lines for the first time. While it may sound logical to plan for the masses, this view very nicely and convincingly argues on a different line – note it does not argue against but rather on a different tangent. Very well written as well … Mr Gupta, you have arrived on my watch list!

The last line below (bolded) is really hard hitting!

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home-Opinion-Edit-Page/Shift-The-Target/articleshow/6017323.cms

… Targeted policies work best when they are aimed at a small minority. It is not possible to have special programmes that affect anything between 50 and 70 per cent of the population …

… Targeted policies work best when they are aimed at a small minority. It is not possible to have special programmes that affect anything between 50 and 70 per cent of the population

All across the western hemisphere, one finds more things in common than differences. From public transportation to garbage disposal, health to piped water or electricity, the similarities between rich countries are striking. Children don’t die of malnutrition, people don’t turn up late for work. Banks may crash in Iceland, even volcanoes can go up in smoke, but babies will be born healthy and hospitals will still be clean.

To look the way rich countries do, we must pay attention to their processes and systems: the results come later. Where there are no short cuts or package deals, poverty figures don’t count. Affluent societies have become what they are because they did not succumb to pretend altruism and design services for the poor. As this put policymakers and policy receivers, the rich and the indigent, in the same boat they all made it to the other end together. This is why all rich countries look alike but poor countries look different in their own ways!

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