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

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GREEN REVOLUTION-Halting in Mid-Track

September 1, 1973 about through, among other things, incomes and distribution policies. But no progress has been made so far in spelling out the policy changes that will have to be effected. The planners also place great emphasis on energy policy as part of their bid to alter the consumption pattern. They propose, for instance, a major shift towards the consumption of coal in preference to the use or oil. The response of the railways to this again has been very revealing. The Railway Board had evidently no idea that it was required to plan on the basis of a reversal of the earlier policy favouring electric and diesel traction and discarding steam engines based on coal. The Railway is, in any case, dead set against the steam engine and considers it a very inefficient mode of traction; it seems to have assumed that it would not have to go back to coal traction simply to fall in line with an overall energy policy. In fact, in its Fifth Plan proposals, the Railway Board has gone right ahead to add to the system more diesel locos than in the Fourth Plan and in preference to even electric locos

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