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

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NORTH- Going the Whole Hog

Going the Whole Hog! IN the belief that a drive to build up an ultra-socialist image may cover up the lack of concrete achievements, the Punjab government is rushing ahead in directions where the implicit risks dictate the utmost caution. The craze for takeover is the latest example. Despite all the loud claims made by Punjab Ministers during April and May, the chances of fully achieving the 34- lakh tonne wheat procurement target cannot be rated high. Chief Minister Zail Singh fears that even the Union Food Ministry's bonus scheme might not make much impact on procurement since it has come rather late in the day. In fact, most North Indian fanners have rejected the scheme as inadequate and have fodused attention on their basic demand for higher procurement prices. The long queues at the ration shops and the scramble for vanaspati hold out the dismal prospect of a prolonged summer of discontent. Even so, the state government is actively considering a takeover of the trade in other essential goods.

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