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Calcutta Diary

November 22, 1986 Calcutta Diary AM WAS it not almost inevitable? New Delhi's so-called anti-poverty programmes are being complemented by appropriate pro-poverty programmes. The export of rice and wheat was already part of established official policy; according to a government notification issued a few weeks ago, 'inferior' grains, which only the poor generally consume, such as jowar, bajra and ragi, are also going to be exported from now on. Earning foreign exchange has the highest priority, so why not earn some extra exchange by exporting the feed of the poor too? If, through the anti- poverty programmes, you distribute one million tonnes of foodgrains each year among the poor, you can redress the balance by withdrawing from the domestic market a similar quantity of grains and selling it overseas. The government, obviously, is redressing the balance.

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