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Agriculture- Sticky Fertilisers

Indeed, not very far back in time, a committee headed by none other than the chairman of the Electronics Commission, who is now the scientist member of the Planning Commission, had, while regretting that "our .scales of production are such that it would be unrealistic to think of significant exports", advocated the need to promote, on an u gent basis, concentrated investments in electronic components manufacturing. It had called for such investments "on a scale much higher than what is warranted by considerations of domestic demand so as to provide the required components base for a sus- stained growth of electronics exports''. The committee had also recommended liberal import of technology and the establishment of a few large units. Clearly, the strategy of development this particular committee was arguing for was one that would be closer to the strategy followed by South Korea rather than one in which '.exports figure only marginally. Whatever may be one's view with regard to the larger questions concerning the overall development of the economy, or on whether development should have a slant in favour of import substitution or export, the approach to different segments of the economy has necessarily to be flexible. In any case, no amount of obfuscation by DOE can conceal the truth that in regard to the development of the electronics industry, this country has had the worst of both worlds so far.

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