What’s a Good Decision?

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What’s a Good Decision?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 26, 2019 12:10 hrs


The government kept busy this week and made some announcements that seem to have upset some people. For one, people think that the 25% hike in bus fares is unwarranted considering the poor condition of public transportation. Fares were also hiked by 40% a few years ago which seems to have led to some confusion of the final percentage of hike. The RTA should quickly clarify the entire hike and implement it uniformly to avoid any further harassment. 


Additionally, the government also announced the implementation of the two-child policy and decided that people with more than two children will not be eligible for government jobs after January 1, 2021. While population control is extremely important, the policy has raised a few questions about its effectiveness. Over the past years, China’s various “child policies” have failed, leaving its gender ration skewered and negatively affecting the demographic dividend of the country. While population control is an important aspect, it is uncertain whether a two-child policy for government jobs is the most effective way to do so.


While there are a few months left, this year has been eventful in terms of announcements. One in particular was the introduction of a traditional “dress code” for state government employees, which apparently induced “feelings of enthusiasm” among officers. 


While good decisions are always welcome, it is important to stop while you’re ahead. This is a lesson the government is yet to pick up on and just because it sounded good in a closed room, it is not always advisable to announce it to the public. Work out the chinks, clear the confusion, and then release your Krakens!

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