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

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NEW DELHI-Appeasing Rich Farmer Lobby

NEW DELHI Appeasing Rich Farmer Lobby B M WITH its attention focused almost entirely on the problems of political consolidation and hegemony, the top political leadership is advisedly reluctant to spell out its intentions and policy positions on economic issues. With nine state assemblies dissolved and another hectic round of electioneering due shortly, this state of affairs will persist for quite some more time to come. The time-table for presenting the budget for the coming year has been clearly inspired by these considerations. Even so, there is one area where Indira Gandhi's government has chosen to be forthright and forthcoming about its plans and priorities. This significantly is the farm sector. Here, the new minister for agriculture, Rao Birendra Singh, has been most articulate. But more important, he has been able even to get specific decisions from the cabinet. The most outstanding of these decisions was new and wider terms of reference for the Agricultural Prices Commission (APC).

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