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

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few monopoly traders in Gujarat and other places who garner the benefits of larger imports for, the edible oil prices have also been kept up at unrealistically high levels. While there is perennial shortage of pulses, no long-term programme of imports of pulses has been put in place by the public sector agencies except to place imports on open general licence (OGL). Purchase of pulses in international markets requires a much more concerted attempt by a large-size agency like the STC with considerable advance planning, but to do so requires a more egalitarian perspective in economic management which is, despite so much talk about poverty alleviation and upliftment of the poor, beyond the ruling political and bureaucratic classes let alone traders who have a vested interest in creating scarcities.

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