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LABOUR- Working Class Organisation in Poona

August 27, 1977 this too there were reservations and the position has not been taken explicitly and unequivocally in the resolution itself.
The original draft resolution on prices prepared by men in the central office of the Party was made the basis for the resolution finally adopted. But it is revealing of the prevailing state of affairs in the Working Committee that significant changes were made even in this rather innocuous draft before its final adoption. The draft had proposed that 18 to 20 million tonnes of foodgrains from the buffer should be unloaded in deficit areas. It was suggested that the unloading should be done by way of auctioning the foodgrains in the open market in these areas. There was strong criticism of this proposal on the ground, rightly, that the grain thus auctioned would be picked up by private traders for sale at a profit to the consumer. This would not give relief to the consumer but would strengthen hoarding and profiteering. Another proposal which was also put into the draft at the same time was that foodgrains from the buffer might be used as wages in kind for rural works and employment generating schemes. This too was dropped from the resolution probably on account of opposition from another side. The final resolution merely recommends that foodgrains be unloaded "to exert a sobering influence on open market prices of food- grains-'.

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