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I concur with the idea of explicit subsidy, and I was mulling about this in the context of pricing of water (incidentally another utility service).

What if - water pricing is made free, with explicit localities identified for a subsidised rate. Two things will be apparent - policymakers will be able to design a "positive list" to Target beneficiaries+ a ready figure to "manage" the subsidy burden for policy thinkers to grapple with.

This in my opinion will shift the Overton Window too.

An interesting idea to mull over is, by making the "unseen", seen it is easier to engineer a narrative

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