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'Talk to experts to make self-reliant slogan work'

For manufactured products, the stated policy since the 1950s was to allow imports of only the goods that were not being made in India in sufficient quantities

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Coronavirus | food security | World Trade Organization

TNC Rajagopalan 

TNC Rajagopalan

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched ‘self-reliant India’ as the visionary aim to pursue in the coming days and years. It raises apprehensions of India discouraging imports from more efficient producers abroad and encouraging less efficient local producers. Self-reliance is not a new theme.

Immediately after Independence, the stated policy was to increase domestic production of food grains with a view to lower our dependence on imports. We achieved self-sufficiency in food when, in the early 1970s, the green revolution was ushered in. It included use of high ...

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First Published: Mon, May 18 2020. 02:43 IST
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