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Decision on food ration cut next week

A decision on a one-day cut in ration is expected to be taken by the Union Government next week. Mr. C. Subramaniam, Food Minister, said here [Bombay] to-day [Dec. 12] that the proposal was under consideration and a decision would be taken by next week. Mr. Subramaniam passed through the City on his way in Cochin from Ahmedabad by air this afternoon. In a talk with reporters at Santa Cruz airport during his brief halt Mr. Subramaniam said that the recent rains had improved the drought condition in Bihar and the future appeared bright. In reply to a question regarding the offer of an additional five-lakh tons of wheat by the U.S. to India, he said the Indian Government had no information though he had seen Press reports on this subject. Earlier to-day at Ahmedabad, Mr. Subramaniam said that the Government was assessing what should be the food budget of the country. The entire picture of food quota in various States would emerge after considering the stocks position. He was replying to a question whether he would propose any cut in the food grain ration. Asked whether statutory rationing would be necessary in view of scarcity conditions at various parts of the country, the Union Food Minister said it would depend on the States. It was for them to manage the supply position in the best manner they liked.

Rajaji explains task before Swatantra party members

Leaders of Swatantra Party to-day [Dec. 12] called on the electorate to “dismiss” the Congress Government. The call, coupled with an appeal to the Opposition not to precipitate multi-cornered contests against the Congress in the poll, was the highlight of speeches at the inaugural session of the Party’s fourth convention, which opened here [New Delhi] to-day.

Some 500 delegates from all parts of the country heard Mr. C. Rajagopalachari declare that this “battle for freedom cannot terminate until we defeat the Congress and restore India to India.”

Mr. Rajagopalachari said that this battle was “a moral conflict, not a matter of mere party politics.” The party’s founder-leader, who was repeatedly cheered during his brief address, added, “I consider that the subjugation of human personality to State direction is a dangerous experiment and an immoral transaction.”

“Good Government will come into being if the Congress is dismissed,” he said. “The country is disgusted with Congress rule and Congressmen are down-hearted. Money-bought shows, illegitimate advantages accruing from holding office, and even borrowed shiploads of grain bullied out of American resources will not help the Congress Party this time.”

Floating varsity arrives in Bombay

S.S. “Ryndam,” a floating university with 400 American students and 45 professors currently on a 100-day-round-the-world “study as you sail” trip, arrived in Bombay this morning [Dec. 12] from West Asian countries. The scholars are from Chapman College of Orange California. The ship has a library, classroom facilities, a gymnasium and laboratories equipped with sophisticated instruments. During their four-day stopover in Bombay, the students will attend lectures by Indian professors. They will split into two groups, one going to Delhi and Agra and the other visiting Ajanta and Ellora.


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