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Poor, Poorer, Poorest

will be more successful with radical land reform or taxation of the rural rich. At the Chief Ministers' conference, like at similar other occasions, figures of the cost of production in agriculture were bandied about freely. The APC had said in its report that "available data, though in need of enlargement in respect of its coverage, suggest that even after the moderate reduction [suggested by the commission], the procurement price of wheat will be comfortably above its cost of production. And this notwithstanding the imposts proposed in the Union budget for 1972- 73". The APC did not go into details of the cost of production advisedly, because of the wide variations as between regions as well as on account of othei conditions. But the observations it has made in its report are based on detailed studies. The farm management studies data as well as the cost data available with the Commission suggest that in no case would the maximum cost of production of wheat exceed Rs 50 to Rs 55 per quintal and that under favourable conditions it would be as low as Rs 38 per quintal. As against this, the procurement price is Rs 76 per quintal. The APC is convinced that the figure of Rs 80 per quintal claimed by the Punjab Chief Minister as the cost of production in Punjab has no basis whatsoever.

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