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NEW DELHI- FICCI s Blueprint

FICCI's Blueprint BM IT is the style of a lobby to work behind the scenes, quietly and with circumspection, at its job of safeguarding and promoting the interests of its clients. A lobby, therefore, is anxious to avoid confrontation with authorityThis has been a marked characteristic of the functioning of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, so much so that even some of the more impatient and outspoken elements among its constituents in trade and industry have sometimes entertained doubts about its efficacy. Some of them have kept a cool distance from the FICCI, preferring to deal directly with the powers that be on their problems. Under certain special circumstances, however, FICCI has been found to take a more forthright and open position, especially when it has felt that its vital interests are not receiving due attention in policy-making and administration. But, now, after the recent mid-term elections and their outcome, there has been a dramatic change in the stance of FICCI. It has decided to come forth, confident and sure of its position, not to protest against anything done or not done, but to stake its special claims in the new political and government dispensation. FICCI circles do not hide the fact that they are extremely gratified by the results of the elections to which the interests which the FICCI represents contributed to the extent it was within their power to do. They are equally hopeful that the new political circumstances and environment will yield them rich dividends. This mood is best demonstrated by what is called "a minimum programme of economic action" that they have drawn up within days of the installation' of the new government and presented to the Prime Minister and other ministers.

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