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

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BODO AGITATION-Wages of Prejudice

is clear the decision was probably made on the advice of some members of the backroom staff in the prime minister's office. This, however, is no new revelation. For instance on July 6, 1974,' during Indira Gandhi's rule, two ordinances were promulgated providing for the compulsory deposit of additional wages and half of the increments in dearness allowances. It then came out that the ordinances were the handiwork of some officials in the finance ministry in consultation with the then secretary to the PM. "Even the cabinet ministers", according to a "press report at that time, "were not in the know of what the provisions of the ordinances were and when the copies of the ordinances were placed before the cabinet, it was a surprise to them." Not only the initial 'killing' of the Thakkar Commission report, the decision to place it on the table of parliament also reveals the same devaluation of the cabinet. Within hours of the home minister's dogged refusal in parliament to divulge the contents of the report, of course in the national interests, came the prime minister's welcome declaration to make it public.

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