Argumentation 2 | Hamaraguru

Argumentation 2 | Hamaraguru

11. Statement: Should the government deregulate the retail prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas and allow the prices to be driven by market conditions?
Arguments:
I. Yes, this will largely help the oil companies to sell their products at competitive price.
II. No, the general public cannot afford market-driven prices of these products.
III. Yes, the government needs to stop subsidizing these products and channelize the money for developmental projects.
(a) Only I and II are strong.
(b) Only I and III are strong.
(c) Only II and III are strong.
(d) All I, II and III are strong.
(e) None of these

12. Statements: Should the government take over all the private passenger transport companies across the country.
Arguments:
I. Yes, this should be done as the government runs the railways.
II. No, the government does not have the expertise to handle such operations.
III. Yes, this way the general public can be taken out of the clutches of the private transport companies.
(a) Only I is strong.
(b) Only I and II are strong.
(c) Only II and III are strong.
(d) All I, II and III are strong.
(e) None of these.

13. Statement: Should the institutes of higher learning in India like IITs and IIMs be made totally free from government control?
Arguments:
I. Yes, such institutes in the developed countries are run by non-government agencies.
II. No, the government needs to regulate the functions of these institutes for the national interest.
III. No, these institutes are not capable of taking policy decisions for smooth functioning.
(a) Only I is strong.
(b) Only II is strong.
(c) Only III is strong.
(d) Only I and III are strong
(e) None of these

14. Statement: Should the parliament elections in India be held on a single day throughout the country? Arguments:
I. Yes, this is the only way to handle such elections.
II. Yes, this will help the commission to concentrate on a single day for election-related issues.
III. No, some other countries hold such elections spread over several days.
(a) None is strong. 
(b) Only I is strong.
(c) Only II is strong.
(d) Only III is strong.
(e) Only I and II are strong.

15. Statement: Should there be a common pay structure of the central government and all state government employees in the country?
Arguments:
I. No, each state government should have the freedom to decide the pay structure of its employees.
II. No, the workload and responsibilities of the central government and state government employees differ, and hence there should be different pay structure.
III. Yes, all are government employees, and hence they should be treated equally irrespective of their working with central government or any state government.
(a) Only I is strong
(b) Only I and III are strong
(c) Only III is strong
(d) Only II and III are strong
(e) None of these

16. Should the government stop providing subsidy on kerosene with immediate effect?
Arguments:
I. Yes, this will help the government reduce its huge fiscal deficit.
II. No, the poor people will not be able to buy kerosene at market price for their daily needs.

17. Should the government substantially increase the water tax to the farmers for the fields which are supplied with water for irrigation?
Argumentation:
I. No, the farmers are even otherwise hard-pressed to meet their expenditure for cultivating their lands.
II. Yes, the rich farmers make huge profits, as the water tax for irrigation is considerably lower.

18. Should all those who are arriving from other countries and are suffering from communicable diseases be sent back to the countries which they came from? Arguments:
I. Yes, this is the only way to curb the spread of communicable diseases.
II. No, this is just not advisable.

19. Should all those secondary schools from which less than fifty percent of students pass the SSC examination be closed down?
Arguments:
I. No, instead these schools should be advised to take corrective measures to improve the pass percentage.
II. Yes, this will deliver a strong message to all the secondary schools.

20. Should there be a total ban on giving new licenses to open a liquor shop throughout the country?
Arguments:
I. Yes, this will help decrease in consumption of alcohol in the future.
II. No, the govt. will earn additional taxes by way of giving new licenses as this will increase the sale of liquor.

Answer Key:
11. b    
12. e    
13. b    
14. a    
15. c
16. e    
17. a    
18. d    
19. a    
20. d