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

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The Fading Fabric

Prospects and Policy Options Goutam K Sarkar The continuing jute imbroglio and the renewed state concern for it have naturally focused attention on this traditional agro-based industry which has a dominant bearing on the economy of the eastern region of the country employing as it does around two lakh workers in mills and supporting about four million families dependent on cultivation of jute which is the most important commercial crop in the region. The study, in three instalments, pieces together in an integrated form the basics of the problems, prospects, and policy issues concerning the industry's manufacturing sector, as well as'its agricultural counterpart. The first of these considered the raw jute scene, the second published last week dealt with the manufacturing sector, while this final part identifies the broad policy options for rehabilitating the industry.

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