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State of the Economy Contradictory Prescriptions

State of the Economy: Contradictory Prescriptions The Economic Survey, 1975-76, Government of India, March 1976; THE Government of India's pre-bud- get Economic Survey has come to be accepted as an authoritative account of economic developments during the year and a blueprint of the government's policies and programmes. Yet it does strike a regular reader of the annual issues of the Survey that its content has hardly improved over the years. A comparison of the latest issue with, say, that of a decade ago would show that the framework and content of the chapters as well as the statistical tables have hardly undergone any change. In fact, in certain respects, information that was being given has been withdrawn and some of the information is not being regularly presented. In earlier years, for instance, the Survey always carried a detailed balance sheet of the key industrial raw materials in terms of their output, import, stock carry-over and overall availability. This has now been given up. During the last two years, the Economic Survey had introduced similar tables on the availability of foodgrains and sugar

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