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So Sane, So Rational

to co-ordinate the work of processing the recommendations of the ARC. The Department has undertaken several interesting studies such as, for example, to improve the performance of the Super Bazar, Delhi, and to reduce the waiting period of patients in the Willingdon and Safdarjang Hospitals, Delhi. But what happens to these studies and the recommendations made therein is not known. Wouldn't it he useful if the annual reports provided some information on these aspects?

Unpretty Picture

March 3, 1973 new crop. Since sales failed to pick up, it reduced its prices in December and cotton prices have been receding from December onwards. The Centre has agreed to share CCFs losses to the extent of 75 per cent The price trend has been unmistakable. Between January 1972 and January 1973, the index of cotton prices (1961-62 = 100) declined from 214 to 193, i e, by 10 per cent, even as jute prices have increased by 21 per cent and prices of all commodities by 12 per cent. When there is an all-round increase in prices, how is the steady fall in cotton prices to be explained? Meanwhile, it is MSCMF and CCI which are in for the heavy losses.

Futility of the Monopolies Commission

undertakings; and (3) control of restric- live trade practices operated by two or more firms through restrictive trading agreements. Of these, so far the Act has been administered primarily for the purpose of controlling concentration.

Comparative Administration

therefore, should take us towards the goal of breaking down the caste system. The author's analysis of the caste problem is obviously too simple. In recent years, although a limited amount of such dissociation has taken place, the caste barriers regarding marriage have not shown anything like a proportionate tendency to disappear. Also, the author expresses ambivalent views on the problem of caste. Even while being a vigorous advocate of breaking down caste endogamy, he wants us to see "whether there are any genetic values in caste structure'' which can be identified, isolated and preserved! lie suggests, in another context, that some basic genetic differences, created by endogamy, should be used for grooming certain qualities in different sections of the population for certain social purposes, Even were such engineering possible, it is unthinkable that anyone should advocate it in the human context. This kind of argument leads us into the worst kind of totalitarian thinking. Who, for instance, would decide which qualities are desirable and in which section of the population they are to be bred?

Family Planning Programme-What Is Wrong With It

Family Planning Programme What Is Wrong With It ? K Dandekar Family Planning Programme, Estimates Committee, Fifth Lok Sabha, Thirteenth Report; Lok Sabha Secretariat, April 1972; pp 206 + Appendices 70; Rs 5.60.

Blurred Vision

of garbage in public places in Manila. Perhaps the most significant step of all is Marcos' laborious efforts to demonstrate that martial law is in fact being administered by civilians. There is not a single tank to be seen anywhere in Manila, Civilian duties are still being carried out by the police and not by soldiers. By and large soldiers are conspicuously invisible.

Polish without Depth

Apart from everything else, poor Bhashani, now approaching ninety, may not live for ever. As an alibi, he may simply not be there if we dilly-dally too long in squarely facing the issues.

Leaking Foreign Exchange Tap

Leaking Foreign Exchange Tap Nandita Pant Report of the Study Team on Leakage of Foreign Exchange through Invoice Manipulation, Government of India, June 1971; pp iv+129+xiv.

Protected on Paper

Nineteenth Report of the Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, 1969-70; presented to the Parliament of India in December, 1971; Rs 875.

Black Is Not Beautiful

Black Is Not Beautiful Contributed Direct Taxes Enquiry Committee, Final Report, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, December 1971; pp ix + 314.

Employment by Spending

Employment by Spending IN SPITE of the considerable growth of the various sectors of the economy during the last two decades, all available evidence suggests that the magnitude and intensity of the unemployment problem have increased. The government assigned the task of assessing the extent of unemployment and underemployment and suggesting suitable remedial measures to a Committee in December 1970. The Committee submitted its Interim Report in February 1972. As the sub-title of the Report indicates, the Committee has recommended certain short-term measures for employment. Basic issues likes strategies of development and techniques of production, which are of fundamental importance for a programme of employment generation on a sustained basis, are reported to have come up for consideration before the Committee (as is indicated in the Chairman's letter to the Minister presenting the Report), but they do not find a place in the Interim Report These and other related issues are now being examined by Working Groups of the Committee. While more detailed information and analysis to evolve a fresh approach to the problem would be available to the Committee only after the Reports of these Working Groups arc submitted, the Committee in the meanwhile felt it necessary to submit an Interim Report recommending merely enhancement of expenditure on some of the "labour intensive" programmes of the Fourth Five-Year Plan during the next two years.

Source Book, Not Policy Guide

Source Book, Not Policy Guide A C Shah Report of the Banking Commission, Government of India, 1972; pp xvi THE report of the Banking Commission is a formidable piece of work. It undoubtedly bears the stamp of hard labour spread over nearly three years. In view of its comprehensive coverage of issues, the report will constitute for many years to come the mast important basis for policy formulation affecting the growth and diversification of Indian banking. This underscores the need for an informed public debate on the major recommendations of the Commission.


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