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NEW DELHI- Empty Talk of Poverty Programmes

NEW DELHI Empty Talk of Poverty Programmes B M THERE has been an abrupt revival of concern with poverty alleviation on the part of the Prime Minister This is quite a contrast to the earlier exclusive trumpeting by him of grandiose plans for high-tech modernisation. The change in tune is traced by some to the feeling inside the Prime Minister's own entourage and the ruling party as a whole that populist gestures were necessary and should not be dispensed with if erosion of the mass base of the party is to be avoided. The lip-service to socialism at the first meeting of the A ICC a few months ago over which Rajiv Gandhi presided was widely believed to have been prompted by the establishment becoming aware of this feeling inside the party. It is now being advertised that the week-end visits of the Prime Minister to tribal areas have really stirred him to face the reality of grinding poverty in the country and awakened him to the need to do something to alleviate the condition of the poorest of the poor. But before he embarked on his inspection tours of tribal areas, Rajiv Gandhi had begun already to talk of revising the poverty alleviation programmes of the government in order to make them more effective.

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