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Joint Sector-More Confusion

data, qualitative assessment of the programmes by an insider such as Minhas becomes all the more significant. When the special programmes for small farmers and others were conceived, it was assumed that the state governments would make additional financial and administrative provisions for supporting programmes. But, according to Minhas, the expectation has not been borne out in a large number of cases; as a result, only the specific provision made for the programmes is all that is available for the betterment of the small fanners, etc. This position is confirmed by Minhas's further remarks about the failure of the normal extension machinery to provide guidance and help to the small farmers' agencies. The full significance of these findings emerges when it is realised that the Small Farmer s' Development Agency, for instance, was never expected to have its own field staff but was to work through existing organisations. Similarly, it was not intended to be a financing agency in its own right but was to make use of finances available from existing sources.

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