The failure to implement the C. Rangarajan Committee's notable recommendations on revenue-sharing has led to an avoidable confrontation between sugarcane farmers and mill owners. As the son of a sugarcane farmer, I still remember the day in 1978 when Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission D.T. Lakdawala evaded an answer to my query as to why our planning is so ineffective to ensure fair returns to farmers When I met him later, Mr. Lakdawala was gracious enough to admit that an honest reply would have put the Centre, then led by the Janata Party, in a bind.

M.V. Nagavender Rao, Hyderbad

Keywords: sugar imbroglio

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