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NEW DELHI- Vendetta against Indigenous Technology

NEW DELHI Vendetta against Indigenous Technology B M THE fertiliser industry, from its very inception, has been an outstanding example of how foreign business interests have been assisted by their would- be Indian collaborators (both in the private and public sectors) and by the higher levels of the bureaucracy, to ' stunt indigenous development and sabotage growth targets. This has taken place despite the existence of a competent band of Indian scientists and engineers in the Planning and Development Division of the Fertiliser Corporation of India who could well have carried this sector to self-reliance. In fact, official quarters did entrust responsibility for the development of the industry to these technicians in the late sixties and the early seventies. But the indigenous technical agencies were given short shrift, and the culmination came with the decision to return to turnkey arrangements, with Japanese interests, for the construction of new fertiliser plants even though the Indian capability in the field was thereby left underemployed and despite the readiness of international agencies such as the World Bank to give credits for the construction of the fertiliser industry in the public sector with the P and D Division of the FCI as prime consultants for the purpose.

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