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

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Too Much Food

ONE aspect of its economic policies where the government is facing seemingly intractable structural problems is the management of the food economy. As a result, the situation of plenty coexisting with large-scale poverty and malnutrition is growing steadily worse. The government's attempt to address the problem within its own limited perspective has led to rapid rise in stocks of foodgrains with the public procurement agencies and reduced offtake from the public distribution system. Food stocks with government agencies rose from 22.2 million tonnes at the end of March 1994 to 27.7 million tonnes at the end of March this year and further to 30.5 million tonnes at the end of this ApriI. Offtake of foodgrains from the public distribution system, on the other hand, fell for the second year in succession in 1994-95, to 13.2 million tonnes from 15 million tonnes in

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