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

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Lurid Light on Export Policy

Lurid Light on Export Policy Even while bemoaning financial resource constraints in the way of generating employment, the government is unable or unwilling to use teal resources in the form of stocks of wheat, rice, milk powder and sugar available to it for launching a massive work-for-payment-in-kind programme as an earnest of its commitment to guarantee the right to work as real and workable and not merely a slogan and a ploy WITH the anti-reservation agitation taking its toll and quickly degenerating into a lumpen rampage encouraged and even organised by powerful political forces and the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid trouble looming large, the political situation has become tense and full of uncertainties. In addition to the usual factional squabbles, the strains in every political party are coming to the surface. Gone is the euphoria over the results of the last November general election and the ouster of the Congress(l) government even though valiant efforts are still being made to keep the NF coalition arrangement going. But the capacity and ability of the government to bring about positive policy changes has been severely impaired. Since a difficult economic condition has further worsened, in particular in respect of the balance of payments position especially in the wake of the Gulf crisis, there is obviously a pressing need for tough responses to the problems in order to cope with the growing crisis. The government, however, seems unable and unwilling to muster the will for any such response. More disconcertingly, leaderships of none political parly, whether holding the reins of the government or supporting it from outside or in the opposition seems to be realise the gravity of the problems which have to be reckoned with; they seem to concerned only with the political fall-out of the developments taking place on diverse fronts and grab whatever partisan advantage, even petty or momentary, that may come their way The fact is that far from a serious search for more meaningful socio-economic policies and tough measures for their implementation, only ad hoc approaches towards dealing with problems and soft options are preferred in what may be characterised as the mainstream politics. It is not surprising, therefore, that the political-moral authority of mainstream parties is suffering erosion at a fast pace and they are finding it difficult to influence the shaping of events and developments.

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