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

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West Asian War-The Leaves Are Falling

The inflationary trends thus set in motion further widen income inequalities. It will he immediately pointed out that all the employment schemes aim at the creation of productive assets. If this is so, then these schemes can and should form part of the Plan programmes for the different sectors of the economy. Approaching the subject from the employment angle is to put the cart before the horse. The crash scheme for rural employment, for instance, is supposed to consist largely of minor irrigation, flood protection, road construction and similar works, All these arc programmes on which large outlays arc provided in every plan. The Fourth Plan had earmarked Rs 515.7 crores for the minor irrigation programme which was expected to benefit about 120 lakh hectares. Compared to this, minor irrigation works taken up under the crash scheme for rural employment in the two years, 1971-72 and 1972-71 are estimated to have covered just 54,231 hectares. It makes little sense to show this as a separate programme outside the very much larger plan programme for minor irrigation.

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