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India for more than 60 percent of its oil consumption depends on imports. "The problem is that our consumption is growing much faster than the supply. Especially the consumption of petrol and diesel is rising quickly. There are more and more cars on the road, "says analyst DH Pai Panandikar, head of the independent think-tank RPG Foundation. "But instead of slowing down consumption and encouraging savings, the government encourages the consumption by the oil price subsidies."
Not only the poor in India are 'fair' food insulated from the world. The motorist in India gets a 'fair' price at the pump. Only last month was two rupees per liter of petrol and diesel more expensive one Rupee. That increase is far below the price on the world market. The prices at the pump artificially low to keep the oil in terén. Their loss of revenue in January was estimated to have 11.3 billion euros. The government compensates them in part with the issue of so-called oil bonds. It is wiser Pai Panandikar as the actual cost is passed on to consumers. But next year there are elections. This government is there only one year. In the new budget for gifts, with the sensation debt waiver for farmers, amounting to some 9.7 billion euros. Higher prices mean unhappy people, rising inflation and more fuel for the caravan of cars of the politicians to campaign, "says Pai Panandikar with a smile. "But after the elections, the prices up and down the subsidies must be". Many people with a ration card sell their oil at a profit to others who are not entitled. Self cooking them on fire.

The ration system for the poor is spread across India, but the corruption and bureaucracy as well. Examination of the government three years ago pointed out that 58 percent of the food for the poorest families is never arrive. There is' unethical act. " The distribution costs are often excessive. From every Rupee that the government spends on a poor family, is ultimately only one third of them good.

For 'unethical act "broke last autumn in the Communist-controlled state of West Bengal from bloody food riots. The Fair Price Shops' were going through their stocks. According to the authorities, there was too little provided by the national government. But the real cause of popular rage, so it appeared, was corruption. Some owners of Fair Price Shops' sold their goods at a profit on the open market.

Finally, regardless of corruption or inefficiency adheres to the Fair Price Shops' a fundamental problem. Aid or fill stomachs, but contributes nothing to the economic betterment of the poorest and certainly not to the structural improvement of agriculture. Now that the prices on the world market are high tower, is painfully visible. To the Singh family monthly ration of wheat to continue for 7.5 cents per kilo, the government should settle for the stock to fill the world. The food is taking on.

Three years ago India was exporting wheat and rice, but since then the production behind the demand and can not be exported. From exporter India became an importer of grain. According Bordignon of the WFP is an urgent argument for improving the agricultural productivity in India - and not for the abolition of subsidized food. For people below the poverty line can not buy food at the market. "These people can not leave their fate," he says.

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