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We need a focused minister

india Updated: Aug 31, 2009 23:21 IST
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The report After 100 days: so far, so good (HT-CFore survey, August 29) highlights the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture has performed the worst in the first 100 days of the UPA’s second term at the Centre than any other ministry. While it’s easy to blame weak monsoons for drought in various states, the government cannot escape from its failure to combat the resulting problems. Prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing and the agriculture minister has turned a blind eye to the people’s woes. He seems busy helping his daughter settle into politics and managing the cricket board. It is important that the prime minister appoints a new person to head the agriculture portfolio so that this core sector gets the required attention.

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