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P H Reddy THE points raised by G B Venkatesha Murthy (EPW, August 8) on my article ('Population Programme in Ninth Plan', EPW, January 31), are trivial and the substantive issues in my article like the factors that contribute to population growth and the quota of their contribution have been left untouched. My statement that "People are waiting eagerly to find out whether the Ninth Plan will chart out new strategy in the implementation Of family Welfare programme", meant educated people in general and demographers in particular. I am not a nincompoop to say that illiterate and rural people are waiting for new strategy in the implementation of family welfare programme. Before explaining the rationale behind my analysis of Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the 13-party coalition of the United Front and the Approach Paper to Ninth Five-Year Plan, 1997-2002 of the Planning Commission, let me point out these are not "two sets of documents" on which my analysis is based, but are two documents. He has described the CMP as a "political document' and the Approach paper was an 'official document' and states that there was no relationship between the two. This only shows his naivete regarding the functioning of political parties and governments. Let me elaborate.

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