Complete the sentence by filling in the appropriate blank/blanks from the options provided.
The law prohibits a person from felling a sandalwood tree, even if it grows on one’s own land, without prior permission from the government. As poor people can’t deal with the government, this legal provision leads to a rip-roaring business for _______, who care neither for the ________ nor for the tree.
the government, poor
The government and the poor is ruled out since the government cannot make money in this case. Similarly, the "government, poor" and "touts, rich" are ruled out since they introduce ‘rich’ into the context. In the scenario presented in the sentence, it’s obvious that "touts and poor" is the best choice. Touts (middlemen who are illegal/without proper authority).