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The pain of the rain

Friday, December 08, 2017

The aftermath of the unseasonal showers, in the wake of the cyclone earlier this week, is now beginning to rear its ugly head. Farmers across Maharashtra have reported that vegetables and fruits have been badly hit.

Majority of the crop, comprising onions, tomatoes, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower and other green vegetables, and fruit including figs, mangoes and grapes, is ruined. Reports suggest that apart from the rain, fungal and bacterial infections have broken out amongst the crops.

This means only one thing — bracing for higher prices. As if the escalating cost of daily essentials has not gone through the roof already, we have a natural calamity to add to the average householder’s woes.

When political parties glibly promise at election time that they will bring down prices, they should be made to sign this claim on stamp paper so that they can later be sued for misrepresentation!

The cost of living for the average Indian is becoming unaffordable. Pensioners and retirees are hit really hard in the autumn of their lives.

Whilst governments cannot do much in the wake of a natural disaster, they need to make every endeavour to regulate prices so that the average citizen is not squeezed down to the last rupee.

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