Parties told to give info on economic impact of freebies

One-liner: Political parties may be directed to give information to the Election Commission about the economic impact assessment of their poll promises.

Irrational handouts: This relates to policies and the expected number of beneficiaries, according to a PIL in the SC on Friday opposing irrational handouts.

Suggestions: The top court, mulling the setting up of an expert panel to brainstorm the issue of freebies announced during elections, has sought suggestions from all the stakeholders.

Furnish info on poll promises: Petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay filed submissions on Friday saying that the registered political parties be asked to furnish relevant information on poll promises relating to freebies or welfare schemes to the Election Commission.

On criminal cases: He also referred to the apex court decisions in which it had directed that each contesting candidate shall fill up a form provided by the Election Commission containing particulars of the criminal cases pending against them.

Constitutional mandate: On Wednesday, the CJI observed that political parties can't be prevented from making poll promises aimed at fulfilling the constitutional mandate and the term freebie should not be confused with genuine welfare measures.

Source: PTI