Focus on ‘last person first’, entrepreneurship and more e- projects

Below is an article from our Affirmative Action Media Monitoring Project. These articles represent a wide variety of views. These views do not necessarily represent the views of AAPF but instead are intended to provide you with an overview of the current affirmative action debate.

March 30, 2011

New Delhi: The Conference dwelled upon many dimensions of inclusive growth – equal opportunities for all in education, healthcare and employment, integration of the marginalized sections of the society into the mainstream and gender equality. It strongly recommended the approach of ‘last person first’. Discussing the wheel of progress driven by markets and capitalism, the participants opined that this inevitably increases the economic divide. The participants emphasized on the importance of dialogue among stakeholders and listening to each other to arrive at future strategy of inclusive growth.

Technology came up as a key enabler with technology led initiatives like tele-medicines, e-learning and e-governance being recommended as effective means of achieving inclusive growth. Financial inclusion coupled with social mobilization towards livelihood enhancement also came up as an effective means of dealing with poverty.

The other key area that emerged was skill development. It was felt that in India, skill based blue collar occupations do not enjoy an appropriate status. This mindset needs to be changed by celebrating skills.

Engagement with the youth given the fact that India is a young country was also emphasized. It was felt that the energy of the youth when channelized appropriately by the experience of the older generation can lead to rapid and inclusive growth in the country.

These discussions were part of the Conference on ‘Engaging for Inclusive North’ alongside the Annual Regional Meeting of the CII Northern Region was organized by CII in New Delhi on 30 March 2011. More than 300 delegates participated in the conference representing industry, government, NGOs, academia, media and embassies.

The panelists included Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission; Mr Hari S Bhartia, President, CII & Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd; Mr Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd; Mr R M Khanna, Chairman,  CII Northern Region & Managing Director, Stanley Engineering Pvt Ltd; Mr Vijay K Thadani, Deputy Chairman, CII Northern Region & CEO, NIIT Ltd; Mr Malvinder Mohan Singh, Group Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Ltd; Mr Zubin Irani, Senior Managing Director, UTC Group; Mr Anoop Kaul, National Head – Financial Inclusion, Bhartiya Samruddhi Investments & Consulting Services (BASIX); Dr Rahul Mirchandani, Past National Chairman, Young Indians (Yi) & Executive Director, Aries Agro Ltd; and Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII.

As part of its endeavor to benchmark the progress of the northern region vis-à-vis other regions on various aspects, and also to look at disparities amongst the states within the region, CII Northern Region prepared four reports which were released during the conference.

These reports are Physical Infrastructure- A Comparative Study of Northern States; Urban Infrastructure & JNNURM (Special Focus on Northern States); Social Development- A Comparative Study of Northern States; and Gross State Domestic Product for Northern Region: An Analysis.

“Endeavour” a publication showcasing the work done by CII Northern Region and its 25 member companies on Affirmative Action, was also released.

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