SRINAGAR: A two-day national seminar on ‘Growth and Development in North-Western Region’ began at Kashmir University on Wednesday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi emphasized that “development and economic growth cannot be attained without ensuring equal opportunity and participation of all.”
He said development must be all inclusive so that the economic progress made in the country is reflected in the broader spectrum benefiting the common masses.
The seminar has been organised by the varsity’s department of economics sponsored by the ICSSR.
“It is necessary that equal opportunity is ensured, then only we can reap the benefits of economic growth and development; otherwise we will continue to have huge disparity and income inequality which is not good for the long term progress of the country,” Andrabi said.
Referring to data presented by several speakers on “disparity between different states of North-Western Region”, Andrabi said: “This happens because we still believe development is only an increase in per-capita income when it is a multitude of interrelated socio-cultural and normative relationships. And unless our policies and programs are not designed in tune with the requirements of a diverse population at grassroots, we will not achieve the results and this disparity will continue to haunt us.”
Prof SS Gill, former Director CRRID, Chandigarh on the occasion said: “To ensure parity in economic development, it is high time we shift from existing GDP as a criteria for growth, to Human Development Index (HDI) parameter which gives the real picture on ground and fairly a good idea of the overall well-being of citizens, states and that of the country as well.”
Earlier presenting a comparative analyses of various states of North-Western region of India including Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, Prof R L Bhat from Central University of Jammu said: “There is lot of heterogeneity than homogeneity amongst these states of North-Western region of India as far as various macro parameters are concerned.”