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

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Jute Woes APROPOS the note 'Saviour from Dundee (June 3) the fall of the jute industry in West Bengal has been largely due to the pro-labour, anti-farmer policy of the state as well as of the central government. The idea behind declaring jute as an essential commodity was simply to deprive farmers as and when prices were hiked by fixing maximum prices and by forcing them to sell to the government agencies or the people having storage licences at the so-called minimum prices. It was gross injustice to jute growers to declare jute an essential commodity. Again the jute industry was forced to fall sick by labour unions under protection of political bosses so that they could be taken over by the government and labour could lead a luxurious life without commitment to production. This brought a sense of fear among entrepreneurs. Naturally if one is not sure of the industry one would only syphon the gains and keep it sick so that it can be handed over as a sick child to the government. One does not repair one's house, if one knows that it shall be requisitioned by the government and that is what happened in the jute industry.

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