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Public Distribution and Procurement of Foodgrains-A Comment

Public Distribution and Procurement of Foodgrains A Comment N Krishnaji THE principles underlying the proposal made by I S Gulati and T N Krishnan (GK, henceforth) in a recent article (May 24, 1975, Volume X, Number 21) are unexceptionable. Of particular importance is the principle of equity which requires an equal burden (of procure- ment) to be imposed on farmers in the different parts of the country who are 'similarly placed' with respect to the level of production; and so is the recognition of the need to extend the public distribution system to serve the rural poor. No one can possibly dispute either the suggestions following from these principles or the recommendation of a graded producer levy for procuring foodgrains at reasonable prices.

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