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57th ISLE Annual Conference
Policy brief to be submitted to Govt, concerned agencies
Srinagar, Oct 11: Eminent delegates attending the 57th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) today said that a policy brief about the deliberations held on varied themes of the conference would be prepared and submitted to government and other agencies for subsequent follow up.

“As many as 500 researchers and experts, who have come from across the world and other States of the Country are deliberating on several issues confronting the labourers, other workforce in Jammu and Kashmir and different parts of India. A draft report would be prepared and sent to the Government and other agencies working for the welfare and betterment of the labourers for perusal,” the delegates comprising Prof. S R Hashim, Prof. Abhijit Sen, Prof. Yoginder K Alagh, Prof.  Ajit K Ghose, Prof. Ashwani Saith, Prof. Gerry Rodgers, Prof. Alakh N Sharma, Prof. Ravi Shankar Srivastava, Central University of Kashmir Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din, Dean School of Social Sciences and Head Department of Economics, Prof. G M Bhat said while interacting with the media persons during the ongoing conference at SKUAST-K.  The three-day Conference is being organized by the Department of Economics, Central University of Kashmir, in association with Division of Agricultural Economics and Marketing, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-K) and Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Agriculture University auditorium.

Addressing the media persons, Prof. Ravi Shankar Srivastava said the conference has provided a huge platform to the young scholars to get exposed to the global research conducted on labourers, employment and other issues faced by the workforce around the world. He said the conflict in any part of the world adversely affects its development and changes its course. “We should focus on providing good and transparent governance so that the people could get benefits from the schemes launched by the Centre.” Referring to Jammu and Kashmir, Prof. Srivastava said the State has tremendous potential which should be tapped.

Prof. Abhijit Sen, who is former member of erstwhile Planning Commission, said that the State Governments should rely less on the Government of India for financial matters. He said the conflicts could get very costly and recovery vis-à-vis economic could take time.

Prof. Gerry Rodgers while speaking during the interaction said that the issue of casual labourers was the prime problem faced by the Indian economy. “These casual labourers get very less wages and live in deprivation,” he said, adding the participants during the conference should share their experiences in resolving the problems and mitigating the sufferings of the labourers in India.

Prof. S.R Hashim and Prof. Yoginder K Alagh said, the ISLE doesn’t have any mandate to conduct research on corruption and other issues plaguing the society. “We are concerned about corruption and underscore the need for its eradication. We really want that the system should be more transparent,” they said.

CUK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din said the 26 year old conflict in Jammu and Kashmir has adversely affected its economy. “The economics of the State also got shattered and hit due to September, 2014 floods and political uncertainty,” he said adding that media should play a constructive role in the revival of Kashmir economics.

About the establishment of the University at Ganderbal, Prof. Mehraj ud Din, said that after few technical glitches, the work on the construction of permanent campus is in progress. “The University intends to shift the academic activities to Ganderbal campus and for that PEB structures were being built,” he added.

Dean School of Social Sciences and Head Department of Economics, Prof. G M Bhat divulged details about the delegates attending the conference and the themes to be discussed during different sessions and panel discussions.

Meanwhile, during the conference Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb Drabu chaired a panel discussion on Growth and Development in Jammu and Kashmir and shared his thoughts about the topic. 

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