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

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this year, it is entirely possible, might even fall short of 5 million tonnes, 'and could be as much as one million tonnes less than what was procured last year. Given this context, those states which 'are unable to fulfil even 50 per cent of the target laid down for them deserve, one would have thought, not to be rewarded, but penalised. It is an indicator of the degree of perversity which has overtaken economic administration in the country that those who ought to be hauled over the coals for their dismal performance are instead being kissed on both cheeks. Second, one can, quite legitimately, enquire of the purpose for which this bonus is being offered to the state governments. Since evidently it could not be passed back to these farmers who have already sold their grains to Government agencies, the assumption is that the proceeds of the bonus would be used for providing indirect subsidies. Given the umpteen examples set by the various state governments in recent times, would it be unfair to conclude that these proceeds too would go to swell certain slush funds which are blatantly political in nature?

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