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Approaches to Growth and Employment

Approaches to Growth and Employment M L Dantwala For formulating policies and programmes [or reduction of poverty and unemployment, what matters most is not an estimate of the aggregate number of unemployed or underemployed but a better understanding of the anatomy of unemployment.

Socialism at the Grassroots

Socialism at the Grassroots M L Dantwala THE hot wind of radicalism which is blowing this summer is almost unprecedented in India's political history. Hardly a day passes without a fresh round of radical salvoes being let off, all from the arsenal of the Congress election manifesto, The Prime Minster's belated attempt to counsel moderation is not likely to be of much avail. Only when the whirlwind blows over will the dust settle down and clear the vision.

Is Economics in Farming Dead

LIKE millions of farmers in the developed as well as the developing regions, the author may discover that she too is ploughing a lonely furrow in the held of agricultural economics. Though at first sight the book's canvas is filled with assorted human portraits of farmers in many different areas, engaged in many divergent agricultural pursuits, at the core is a highly heretical theme that farmers in all parts of the world

Problems of Buffer Stocks

Review of Agriculture March 1969 siderations, possibilities may need to be explored to make the land revenue 'progressive' in its incidence. Illustratively, this may be achieved by instituting a graduated scale of surcharge on land revenue; land holdings below a certain level may be exempt and on other operational holdings a graded surcharge according to the size of hold- ings may be introduced. The system of land revenue administration as it has existed for several years is a tried and easily recognisable system. The system has developed 'built-in' methods of granting Remissions' during 'baa times' also.

Agricultural Price Policy-Reply

crops would be a shift in agricultural inputs for their production". But then he still has a point and adds : "Assuming that this is exactly what happened, would such a development be necessarily injurious to Indian agriculture or the Indian economy as a whole ? It is, of course, true that higher foodgrains production is very vital to India's economy, but a stimulated growth of non-food- grains production is of no less importance for the overall national economy, particularly in regard to the international balance of payments." Many critics of PL 480 imports certainly did not know that the purpose of PL 480 import; was to stimulate non-foodgrains production and thus ease our position in the international balance of payments. Having informed them on this point, it was unnecessary for Dantwala to have written the rest of this section.

Growing Irrelevance of Economics in Planning-Case of Procurement Prices

The procurement prices for paddy for the 1967-68 kharif season announced by the Government of India are higher than (i) procurement prices at the beginning of 1966-67 by 14 to 17 per cent; and, (ii) procurement prices as recommended by the Agricultural Prices Commission by 12 to 15 per cent.

Intensive Agricultural Development

M L Dantwala THE Intensive Agricultural District Programme (IADP) m undertaken initially in 1960-61 for a five- year period with the object of achieving a rapid increase in agricultural production through an integrated and intensive use of improved' agricultural techniques and providing sufficient production in- centives to the farmers. The dis- tficts selected for this programme were to be those with a maximum of irrigation facilities and a minimum of natural hazards. The programme was established in two stages: in 7 districts beginning nominally in 1960-61 but really in 1961-62, and in 8 districts beginning


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