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    The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, has announced new measures for controlling prices and?

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    The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, has announced new measures for controlling prices and incomes. At the opening session of her ruling Congress Party's national conference in New Delhi on Sunday (21 November), the Prime Minister said action was necessary to stabilise the economy.

    SYNOPSIS: The conference took place against a background of criticism by opposition parties to the state of emergency. They claim thousands are still detained by the authorities. But the Congress Party has replied that the emergency has been relaxed and many detainees released.

    Congress Party President, Mr. Den Kant Barooah, (saluting the flag), has also warned his own party against creating controversy. In a message to supporters he said they should not air differences publicly but concentrate on working for the nation.

    Mrs. Gandhi received an enthusiastic welcome. And she echoed the views of her party President when she attacked the performance of her chief state ministers.

    However, the major theme of Mrs. Gandhi's speech to the opening session was concern over the economy. She said that such measures as price and wage controls would help stabilise the situation and that a better balance between supply and demand was needed. The Indian Prime Minister warned her audience that some slackness in emergency measures had already caused rising prices. Mrs. Gandhi also said that factory owners must create healthy working conditions so workers retained the energy to enjoy their leisure. The Indian leader also disclosed that she was considering measures to secure higher taxes from any increase in land values caused by spending public funds.

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