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World Bank-Partial Solace

to improve upon their past performance in procurement of grains. The Centre having washed its hands of the task, the state governments would see little point in appearing to be directly responsible for carrying through measures that displease their immediate patrons. On the other hand they would have nothing to fear if perchance the season turns adverse and a shortage develops in the public distribution system, as they know they have the option to demand that New Delhi bail them out. And New Delhi will have to bail them out: though how this would be done is a thought that docs not at the moment concern the capital's short- term philosophers.

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