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

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Calcutta Diary

AM By asking the Ninth Finance Commission to examine the feasibility of a national insurance fund to finance relief in the event of natural calamities, the ministry of finance has allowed us a glimpse of the image it cherishes of the nation: India is not an integrated whole, natural calamities taking place in one part of the country are no concern either of the other parts or of the government at the centre. Disaster relief is to be privatised. Each state government must pay for the relief it wants.

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