Srinagar: Noted Belgian-born Indian development Economist and social activist Professor Jean Dreze on Friday said social cooperation in Kashmiri society has kept hunger and destitution at bay in Kashmir.
Dreze who delivered a lecture on “Making sense of Social Policy” at the department of Economics, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) highlighted the importance of public action in social policy. He laid stress on the study of literature and experience as a way to understand the society better.
While appreciated the success of land reforms in Jammu and Kashmir, he praised the ‘social cooperation’ in Kashmiri society that in his opinion, had kept hunger and destitution at bay in Kashmir.
He emphasised that social policies are formulated for a group once the group members speak up for themselves or somebody else voices their issues. “As such there is a social responsibility on all of us to highlight the problems of weaker sections of society so that policies for their welfare can be formulated in a democratic way.”
He stressed for the positive role of media who otherwise belittle the contribution of major social schemes for poor and needy.
Head of the Department, Prof. G.M. Bhat presented the welcome address followed by introductory remarks by Prof. Pulin B. Nayak, former Director, Delhi School of Economics and presently Adjunct Faculty, Department of Economics, CUK.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-din, expressed his confidence on talent of Kashmiri students and resilience of Kashmir Society at large.
Prior to this programme, a series of lectures were delivered by Prof. Pulin B. Nayak for the courses Microeconomics and Public Economics. Nalini Nayak also interacted with the female students and research scholars.