Government investment and new economic projects always attract critics, opponents and naysayers. But it is difficult to remember a programme that has attracted such strong, lengthy and widespread criticism as the rice pledging scheme.
The government has made a hasty and ill-considered project worse by refusing to admit errors, correct obvious mistakes or even to move against the most corrupt elements. By digging in their heels now, the prime minister and her economic ministers are only setting the stage for a major fall in the future.
If the known problems with the rice buying programme were not enough, they will soon run head-long into a probable world food crisis.
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