Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP): UPSC Article. The prohibition imposed in certain states is often discriminatory to the weaker sections of the society. Do you agree?
Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP)
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Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) is mentioned in articles 36 to 51 under Part-IV of the Indian Constitution. DPSP has been taken from the constitution of Ireland. And Ireland had taken aspects from the Spanish Constitution.
We have classified DPSP into three categories:
To strengthen societal morality as enshrined in the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) state imposes prohibition.
But the weaker section of society, lacking in capacity to respond to changing externalities, are affected the most. Hence such prohibitions are discriminatory to them as can be seen in the following instances –
job. Some with no alternative were pushed into prostitution.
Prohibitions are not planned well to provide alternatives to poor for livelihood. They are ad hoc and done most of the time politically motivated. This increases vulnerability of the poor.
However prohibiting alcohol benefit women and increases their safety at home in public places. In fact demand to ban alcohol emanates from poor women groups.
DPSP must be balanced with right to life under article 21 of the constitution. The state has the responsibility to develop a value-laden society but also must endeavor to fulfill everyone’s right to livelihood.