Having presented some impressive facts in support of his case for aid, Lazarus went ahead with another initiative which he considered as his most attractive feature. It was a festival where fifty caparisoned elephants, tallest of the lot, were taken in procession. Colorful umbrellas changed positions continuously for one hour. This was accompanied by instrumental music with hundreds of artistes using pipes, trumpets, percussion instruments, wind instruments and the like. The grand show culminated with hotel accommodation for the guests with a wide variety of food.
Soon a person rose from the audience and asked a question. “Sir, what is the per capita income of the state.”
Lazarus:” That is not included here.It is irrelevant. What matters is that we propose to increase it by ten times over the next five years.
Another question came up.”Sir, what is the infrastructure available. We want to know the state of the roads, transport and communication systems.
Lazarus: To tell you frankly we are aware of the need for infrastructure. We are getting aid from the World Bank for converting our present road system into four -lane traffic.
A third questioner shot up a question: “Sir how is the industrial climate.
Lazarus: The climate is good. We have heavy rains now. This will bring a good harvest.
Questioner: Sir we are talking about the environment and tht total investment in industries ldueing the last five years.Lazarus: Fifty five projects with a total investment 5 billion are in the pipe line. They will be operational after two years.
Question: How many industrial units were set up in the state during the last three decades? How many additions take place every year? What is the total investment How many exist now?
Lazarus: We appreciate your question.However; we do not have an answer right now. We have a system by which we set up and close down industries almost simultaneously and you see we have a labor force of four million unemployed increasing at the rate of half a million every year. The needs of this labor force demand huge investment. We have estimated this of the order of $ 40 million. You see there is tremendous opportunity for growth and for your advancement and prosperity if you participate in our scheme of industrial development.
You can certainly get the details when you visit us.
Question: How is labor productivity?
Lazarus: It is very high. The workers are deliberately keeping it low just like the coffee growers in South America or the meat producers of USA who curtailed output and destroyed a large portion of it for strengthening the market.
Do not bother .The rumors are unreliable. Really productivity is highligh. It will manifest onely when you invest.
The audience did not want to displease Lazarus and his team. They responded by saying,” we are interested and we will soon be visiting our state for a first hand appraisal of the situation.”(To be continued)