Reform ideas are suicidal
The chapters on agriculture, food and social sectors show the skewed nature of India’s “growth” story. In a country where the majority of people are dependent on agriculture (52% in 2004-05 as per the Survey), growth in the sector in 2007-08 has again slipped to 2.6% from 3.8% in 2006-07. Thus, during the first year of the 11th Plan, agricultural growth has not reflected any revival from the pathetic performance under the 10th Plan. To address this, the focus has to shift from Sensex to the villages. The CPI(M) has been advocating a holistic approach for such problems like a comprehensive debt relief package for small and marginal farmers, adequate and fair MSP for a wider range of commodities, agricultural credit at 4% interest rate and stepped up investment in rural infrastructure.
A glaring example of the gap between policy and reality is the fate
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