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Self-Sufficiency and Allocative Efficiency-Case of Edible Oils

Self-Sufficiency and Allocative Efficiency Case of Edible Oils M L Dantwala GULATl, SHARMA and KOHLI (GSK) in theirarticte 'Self-Sufficiency and Allocative Efficiency: Case of Edible Oils' (EPW, March 30) state: 'The analysis of growth of production of oilseeds reveals that the evolution of technological breakthrough in terms of pure yield effect has been rather slow." A look at Table 2 of their article reveals that during TE 1986-87 and TE 1993-94, the percentage change in yield per hectare of oilseeds at 24.66 was distinctly higher than that of rice and wheal (21.04 and 21.65) and only slightly less than I hat of food grains at 25.35. Strange though it may seem, the spectacular increase of 40.68 per cent in the yield per hectare in coarse cereals significantly contributed to the increase in the overall increase in the yield of cereals. The yield growth in regard to the two fastest growing edible oils, soyabean and sunflower, is in fact the highest among all crops; 34.07 and 25.46 per cent, respectively, with the exception of cotton (27.87). GSK preferred not to comment on the commendable increase in the productivity of oilseeds cultivation.

Employment Guarantee Scheme

ISST, 1979: 'Impact on Women Workers: IMaharashtraEmployment Guarantee Scheme: A Study', Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi. Lieberman (1985): 'Field-Level Perspectives on Maharashtra's Employment Guarantee Scheme', Public Administration and Development. Vol 5, No 2, pp 109-27.

Gandhiji and Ruskin s Unto This Last

Gandhiji and Ruskin's Unto This Last M L Dantwala The author here examines the influence of Ruskin's book Unto This Last on Gandhiji's views on the economic system he advocated, his theory of' Trusteeship, economic equality, relationship between the employers and the employees and the use of modern technology. While the author shares some of Ruskin's and Gandhiji's concern, he differs from both on the issue of use of technology for economic development, while commending the search for alternatives which could avoid its harmful effects. He shares Alvin Toffler's futuristic view about the possibility of a synthesis between the low stream traditional and high stream modern technologies.

H T Parekh as I Knew Him

M L Dantwala Concern with social responsibility rather than a zest for entrepreneurial ventures prompted H T Parekh to tread on untrodden paths.

Problems in Critique of IRDP

Problems in Critique of IRDP M L Dantwala FIELD investigations provide insights and critical information pertaining to the impact of developmental and welfare programmes. The macro data catch the broad contours but are not able to provide finer insights into the functioning of the programmes at the grassroots. Jean Dreze (EPW, September 29) has conducted an intensive survey of the functioning of the IRDP in Palanpur, a village in Moradabad district of western Uttar Pradesh. The findings of this survey have been supplemented by the findings of brief surveys of IRDP in some villages of Gujarat and West Bengal. As expected, the author's finding regarding the function of IRDP

Agricultural Prices under Political Pressure

Agricultural Prices under Political Pressure M L Dantwala The strong pressure to revise the methodology for estimating the cost of production of crops is for the benefit of big farmers and not, as is made out, the entire farming community, much less all the people living in rural areas.

Search for an Employment-Oriented Growth Strategy-A Discussion

Search for an Employment-Oriented Growth Strategy A Discussion A notable feature of the debate on the Eighth Five-Year Plan has been the concern over the deceleration in the growth of employment in recent years and the quest for an employment-oriented growth strategy. The articles that follow make up a discussion of this theme. All the articles, with the exception of the one by J C Sandesara which critically reviews a draft of the Planning Commission's Approach Paper' on Eighth Plan, are responses to the Economic Advisory Council's Interim Report titled Towards Evolving an Employment-Oriented Strategy for Development in the 1990s'.

Agricultural Price Policy

What Price Food? Agricultural Price Policies in Developing Countries by Paul Strccten; Macmillan Press, London, 1987; pp viii + 127,

IRDP and Village Structure

IRDP and Village Structure V M RAO's article on the 'Impact of IRDP on Village Structure

Prices and Cropping Pattern

Prices and Cropping Pattern M L Dantwala THE Economic Survey, 1985-86, has rightly expressed its disquiet over the emerging imbalance in the cropping pattern. Elaborating on the subject the Survey states: "A number of factors influence the changing cropping pattern, including the differential rate of technological change among crops, the spread of irrigation leading to area shrinkage of dry crops, market intervention and support by the government in certain crops but not in other crops, and, perhaps the most significant of all, the changing relative prices between different crops

Garibi Hatao Strategy Options

'Garibi Hatao': Strategy Options M L Dantwala KNOWLEDGE of the dismal performance of practically all 'special' employment and income augmenting schemes for the weaker sections of the rural population is fairly common, Even so, Nilakan- tha Rath deserves our compliments for meticulously assembling the more recent evidence and forcefully highlighting the infirmities of these programmes [Rath. 1985]. Personally for me the exercise is particularly gratifying as, on several occasions, I have voiced concern about the manner in which these programmes are formulated and implemented.

Beyond Science

Beyond Science M L Dantwala Science and the Conquest of Hunger by S Swaminathan; Concept Publishing 'Company, New Delhi, 1983; pp xvi + 508, Rs 160.


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