4. Directions (Q. 1- 5) In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered.
These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words/phrases are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word/phrase in each case.
The economics of owning and running a Ration Shop, the familiar name for the outlets in our Public Distribution System, are such that under normal business terms, the shop owner could never make a profit. Yet, (1) the government announces that new permits for ration shops will be given out, there is frenzy in the market to grab one will be given out of these (2)? The answer is obvious: the business is not for the honest and if one knows the (3). There is a fortune to be made.
What are these tricks of the trade?
Getting fake names into the user list is the most obvious option: the State seems to be (4) a losing battle against this practice, judging by the endless efforts to weed out bogus ration cards.
The next is to get the ‘right customers’ on the list, not just more customers. These are people who are registered but who do not have any interest in (5) on their entitlements.