In­dia needs to fix the price of salt and su­gar so that peo­ple can eat

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I write to you in re­gard to the in­ci­sive ar­ti­cle by Rebecca Bund­hun, Is In­dia’s $1.4bn real es­tate fund enough to re­vive the

stalled sec­tor? (Novem­ber 10): a sur­vey by the na­tional sta­tis­ti­cal of­fice re­ports that con­sumer spend­ing has fallen af­ter four decades.

The re­port is alarm­ing since ru­ral de­mand has de­clined by 8.8 per cent. De­mand for salt, su­gar and spices has de­clined by 16.6 per cent.

Vil­lagers are eat­ing less since salt and su­gar are a barom­e­ter of the quan­tity of meals that peo­ple eat. Su­gar, salt and spices do not con­sti­tute a meal by them­selves. Even in ur­ban ar­eas, the con­sump­tion of these in­gre­di­ents has de­clined by 14.2 per cent.

This only means peo­ple are be­com­ing poor and are re­duc­ing their food con­sump­tion. In­dia needs ur­gent steps to re­store con­sumer con­fi­dence in the fu­ture of the econ­omy.

While elec­tions and tem­ples are im­por­tant, we must re­mem­ber that peo­ple need to eat. The govern­ment must act quickly. Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

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