Statement and Argument

Directions to SolveEach question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a 'strong' argument and which is a 'weak' argument.Give answer:
  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.

Q1: Statement: Should we scrap the 'Public Distribution System' in India? Arguments:
  1. Yes, Protectionism is over, everyone must get the bread on his/her own.
  2. Yes. The poor do not get any benefit because of corruption.

A Both I and II are strong

B Only argument II is strong

C Neither I nor II is strong

D Only argument I is strong

E Either I or II is strong

ANS:D - Neither I nor II is strong

Explanation: The Public Distribution System is indeed necessary to provide basic amenities to the economically backward sections of population. So, argument I is vague. Also, if the Objectives of a system are not fulfilled because of corruption, then getting rid of the system is no solution. Instead, efforts should be made to end corruption and extend its benefits to the people for whom it is meant. So, argument II also does not hold,

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