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Tourist Earnings-Piecemeal Approach

September 30, 1972 THE Chief Ministers are meeting today in New Delhi to discuss the Agricultural Prices Commission's report on the price policy for this year's kharif crop. In unchanging India, the rituals never vary. For years "on end, the Commission, sitting in a neglected comer of the Government of India, has prepared patient tracts on the nation's food policy. The nature of its recommendations has scarcely ever suited the interests of the political powers-that-be; the Commission has, therefore, been considered almost a pariah in official quarters, It was to he tolerated, not encouraged. Its reports were to be submitted, but not supported by the Government. At successive conferences of chief ministers, a V P Naik or a Gurnam Singh would heap ridicule on the Commission. Wisecracking chief ministers would advise the Government to wind it up, or send its members to banishment in the deep forests of, for example, Madhya Pradesh. No Union Minister of Food and Agriculture has ever had the courage or the courtesy to come to the defence of the Commission even as, year alter year, it continued to be attacked, often in coarse language, by politicians in Parliament and outside.

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