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

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Calcutta Diary

This year's union budget intended import restrictions on sugar to be lifted forthwith. Something went wrong, the prime minister has actually ordered the reimposition of import duty on sugar. This is, to say the least, scandalous, in the view of the pro-liberalisation crowd. They cannot hide their impatience with the politicians who worry over the prospective loss of livelihood for half-a-million farm workers as a result of the withdrawal of import restrictions on sugar. As if employment is of greater national priority than the pursuit of economic efficiency.

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