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