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Hold your ground in WTO talks: ASSOCHAM to Govt

India is committed to provide subsidised food to the target group despite drain on the resources.

July 28, 2014 10:21 IST | India Infoline News Service
India must hold its ground at the WTO negotiations without succumbing to the pressure of the developed countries which must be told in clear terms that the issue of farmers' security and welfare of the poor is not negotiable.

While the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) will make things easier for the trade and industry world over, from India's perspective, the TFA is of relevance in case our vulnerable people are well fed and given the food security.

"The so-called bogey of India being isolated is all humbug...as if it is for the first time that any nation is seeking justice for its people.....For us in the ASSOCHAM, national interest is more important than sectoral interest and there cannot be any compromise on issues of interest to the poor and vulnerable people.  We are fully with the government on the issue", ASSOCHAM Secretary General DS Rawat said.

He asked  how is it justified to cap food security bill of the developing countries based on the index which was set over 28 years ago. India is committed to provide subsidised food to the target group despite drain on the resources. But it is unavoidable as long as the basic standard of life does not improve for a vast majority of people.

Besides, the kind of assurances given at the Bali Ministerial Meeting should be honoured. "It cannot be one way street," he said.

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