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BIHAR-In a Drought-Hit Village

BIHAR In a Drought-Hit Village A S I WALK into the Baliapur block office. There are four cabins with name plates nailed on their doors. I go to the fifth room, where the clerks sit, the most knowledgeable people in any office. I walk up to a man who I suppose is the 'bada babu' and tell him that the purpose of my visit is to see people in the village worst hit by the drought. Bada babu asks one of the clerks' to look for someone. Then he turns to me: "You are coming from Patnal Ah, good. Is the government going to give us something?" He explains that non-gazetted employees of Bihar government were scheduled to go on strike from December 29, but negotiations were going on between the Employees' Federation and the state government and this being "election time" the government was expected to concede the employees' demand, ''Negotiations were still going on when I left Patna", I lie in order to extricate myself. They all look dissatisfied with my reply.

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