Rajat Sharma

Pulse price

It was known well in advance that due to drought like conditions, production of pulses would take a hit and would subsequently result in rising prices and black marketeering. Not just the Central government failed to take stock of the situation, even the state governments failed in their responsibilities. The government should have imported enough pulses to prevent a shortage and the state governments should taken steps to curb hoarding – all this with a bit of forward planning. And now when the situation has become grim, the Centre and the States are bent upon blaming each other. This crisis could have well been averted had the Centre and the States planned better.

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