ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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West Asia-Of Troglodytes and Arabs

January 12, 1974 The speed with which the mission was completed might lead one to believe that much groundwork had pre- ceded the visit as to the role that Soviet aid is best suited to play in the coal industry. In fact, however, there is even now no clear-cut policy in this matter, nor has any serious thinking gone into the formulation of the protocol The coal industry is one of the oldest Indian industries; even the public sector, which is a comparatively late entrant into the industry, has by riow more than two decades of experience behind it, Indian mining expertise is known to have developed a high level of competence, both for underground as well as for open-cast mining, and the major bottleneck in practice has been the availability of equipment. Even equipment might not have been such a problem had the public-sector Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC), Durgapur, been developed along correct lines; instead at the first sign of difficulties to be surmounted, MAMC was allowed to turn to manufacture, of agricultural tractors and to off-load its own orders to private sector units.

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