Moily calls on corporate sector to agree for affirmative action

New Delhi | Thursday, Dec 16 2010 IST

Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily today called upon the corporate sector to agree for affirmative action, saying the country’s fast growth has no meaning unless it is inclusive.

He was speaking as a chief guest at a national seminar on ‘Babu Jagjivan Ram and Inclusive Society in India’ organized here by Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA).

”Corporate social responsibility, which is more like a charity, is not equivalent to affirmative action. It is a space given to every section. But unfortunately we don’t have faith in that,” Dr Moily said.

”We must look at the US in this regard. An equality law was passed there,” the Minister said.

He, at the same time, also expressed that mere emotional talk would not serve the purpose and a proper agenda and system reform was needed for this.

”Lot of work and research needs to be done and this is where we lack,” Dr Moily said.

Besides the Law Minister, IIPA chairman T N Chaturvedi and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Secretary K M Acharya were also present on the occasion.

The Institute asked Dr Moily to convey to Prime Minister that posthumous Bharat Ratna Award be conferred on late freedom fighter, Congress leader and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s father Babu Jagjivan Ram.

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