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while the state governments for their part utilised as little as 14.9 per cent of the food- grains made available for the programme in 1983-84. It is also significant that currently, even as many parts of the country are in the grip of acute drought and there is widespread distress and near-starvation, none of the state governments has shown any interest in using the accumulated stocks of food- grains for relief operations. They have instead been pressing their case for large sums of financial assistance from the Centre. All of this perhaps tells us something of the real nature of the anti-poverty programmes, whether of the regular on-going type or the special scarcity-relief variety. They have, it is clear, become bonanzas for the local influentials-turned-contractors to lay their hands on large sums of government money. Not surprisingly, they have no interest in the potential of the government's food stocks for alleviating poverty and distress.

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