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distributive trade is functioning in India. It was said to be the cheapest anywhere in the world. But the huge difference in the prices realised by the producer on the one hand and paid by the final consumer on the other does not support the trade's claim that it is working on very meagre margins. The point was also made that many of the consumers' complaints about high prices, hoarding and profiteering betrayed a luck of proper understanding of the overal] environment in which industry and the trade had to operate. These were said to be the outcome of shortages of supplies for which it was the government policies which were mainly to blame and nor industry or the trade. Anti-social elements were always there to exploit the situation and the 'black sheep' needed to be dealt with firmly. It was interesting to hear rerpesentatives of industry and trade calling upon consumer organisations to create public opinion agains. antUsocia! elements. Useful suggestions

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