INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNIES AND PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT POLICY IN GLOBALISING INDIA

Trivandrum: 3rd–5th April, 2008

(Venue: CDS Auditorium)

Programme Schedule

 

3rd April, 2008

09:00 – 09:30             Registration

 

09:30 – 11:00              Inaugural Session:

Welcome

K. Narayanan Nair, Director, CDS

 

Introduction to the Programme

Pinaki Chakraborty, Associate Professor, CDS

 

Key Note Address

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, President, Levy Economics Institute, New York

 

Chairperson: V Ramachandran, Member, Administrative Reforms Commission

 

Rapporteurs: Neethi P and Minnu Rose Joy

 

11:00 – 11:30              Tea/Coffee

 

11:30 – 13:00              Theme: The International Experience of ELR/EGS/EPWP with Special Reference to IBSA Countries

 

Towards an Employer of Last Resort Programme for South Africa

Presenter: Maikel R. Lieuw-Kie-Song, Labour Intensive Specialist, Department of Public Works, South Africa

 

Full Employment Politics as an Imperative of Expanded Citizen

Presenter: Jose Carlos de Assis, Assessor da Presidência do BNDES, Brazil

 

Financing Job Guarantee Schemes by Oil Revenue; The Case of

Iran

Presenter: Zahra Karimi, Assistant Professor, University of Mazandaran, Iran

 

Chairperson: Santosh Mehrotra, Senior Consultant and Adviser, Planning Commission

 

Rapporteurs: T.K. Subramanian and Gargi Sanati

 

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch

 

14:00 – 15:30              Theme: NREGA: Macro Perspective

 

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA 2005)

Santosh Mehrotra, Senior Consultant and Adviser, Rural Development
Planning Commission

 

Employment Policy, Growth and Emerging Opportunities: The Case of NREGA

Presenter: P. S Vijay Shankar, Samaj Pragati Sahayog, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh

 

Relevance of Unorthodox Economic Theory in Public Policy: A Case Study of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

Presenter: Kaustav, CESP, JNU, New Delhi

 

Discussant: Ravi S. Srivastava, Member National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Government of India

 

Chairperson: C. Rammonohar Reddy, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly

 

Rapporteurs: Nadhanael G.V. and Saritha S.

 

15:30 – 15:45              Tea/ Coffee

 

15:45 – 17:15              Theme: NREGA: Spatial Dimension—I

 

Do Those Who Need Employment Get It? A Study of NREGA in Kottathara Panchayat in Wayanad, Kerala

Presenter: D Narayana, CDS, Trivandrum

 

NREGA in Abu Road, Rajasthan

Presenter: Rina Bhattacharya, Ratna Sudarshan, ISST, New Delhi

 

Discussant: C Rammonohar Reddy, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly

 

Chairperson: Indira Hirway, Director, CFDA

 

Rapporteurs: Rajeev Sharma and Beena S.

 

17:30 – 18:30              Employment Issues in the Unorganised Sector of the Economy

Special Address by Arjun Sengupta, Chairman, National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Government of India

 

Chairperson: K Narayanan Nair, Director, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Rapporteur: Varinder Jain

 

 

4th April, 2008

 

09:00 – 10:00              Some Less Discussed Aspects of NREGA

Special Address by Professor Amit Bhaduri, Honorary Fellow, CDS

 

Chairperson: K. P Kannan, Member National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Government of India

 

Rapporteur: Neethi P and Gargi Sanati

 

 

 

10:00 – 11:00              Theme: The International Experience of ELR/EGS/EPWP with Special Reference to IBSA Countries

 

NREGA: A Component of Full Employment Strategy in India

Presenter: Indira Hirway, Director, CFDA, India

 

Macro-micro Impacts of Scaling up South Africa’s EPWP

Presenter: Rania Antonopoulos, Levy Economics Institute, New York

 

Chairperson: Amit Bhaduri, Honorary Fellow, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Rapporteurs: T.K. Subramanian and Beena S.

 

 

11:00 – 11:15              Tea/ Coffee

 

11:15 – 13:15              Theme: NREGA: Spatial Dimension—II

 

What Determines the Success of ‘100 Days Work’ at Panchayat Level? A Study of Birbhum District in West Bengal

Presenter: Subrata Mukherjee, Saswata Ghosh, IDSK, West Bengal.

 

NREGA: A Study of West Bengal

Presenter: Debtra K. Dey, Lecturer, Srikrishna College, West Bengal

 

Discussant: D Narayana,Professor, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Chairperson: Amit Bhaduri, Honorary Fellow, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Rapporteurs: Amarendra Das and Braja Bandhu Swain

 

 

13:15 – 14:00              Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

14:00 – 15:30              Theme: Public Policy & NREGA: State Level Experience

 

A Critical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Employment Policy in Assam

Presenter: Chandrima Goswami

 

Of Dignity and Sustenance: A Socio Legal Analysis of NREGA as Furtherance of Right to Food

Presenter: Siddharth, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, West Bengal

 

National Rural Employment Act—Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy: Experience of Uttar Pradesh

Presenter: Yogesh B. Arya, Arundhati Dhuru, Giri Institute of Development, Lucknow

 

Discussant: Vinoj Abraham, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Chairperson: Indira Hirway, Director, CFDA, India

 

Rapporteurs: Siddik R and Rajeev Sharma

 

 

15:30 – 15:45              Tea/ Coffee

 

 

15:45 – 17:45              Theme: NREGA: Exclusion and Implementation Issues 

 

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act—A Field View

Presenter: A C K Nambiar, CSD, Hyderabad

 

NREGA—An Overview in State of Uttar Pradesh

Presenter: Pratima Yadav, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi

 

Jammu & Kashmir’s Tryst with NREGA: Some Critical Issues

Presenter: Vipul Jain, Nakul Bhasin

 

NREGA & Rural Employment in Punjab: An Evaluative Study of Hoshiarpur District

Presenter: Ranjit Singh Ghuman, Parminder Kaur Dua, Department of Economics, Punjab University, Patiala.

 

Discussant: P. S. Vijayshankar, Samaj Pragati Sahayog, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh

 

Chairperson: D Narayana, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Rapporteurs: Alice Sebastian and Saritha S

 

19:30 – 20:30              Conference Dinner

5th April, 2008

 

09:30 – 11:00              Theme: Macroeconomic Policy, Growth and Employment

 

Immigration vs. Outsourcing in a Partial Equilibrium Framework: A Developing Country Perspective

Presenter: Simontini Das, Ajitava Roychaudhuri, Saikat Sinha Roy, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University, West Bengal

 

Rural Non-Farm Sector Employment Growth in India: Distress Driven or Growth Driven?

Presenter: Vinoj Abraham, CDS, Trivandrum

 

The Economic Transition and Employment Generation in Indian Economy: Role of Market, Policy and Institutions

Presenter: Pulak Mishra, Baghirath Behra, IIT, Kharagpur, West    Bengal

 

Discussant: K Pushpangadan, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Chairperson: K K Subramaniam, Honorary Fellow, CDS

 

Rapporteurs: Nadhanael G.V. and Siddik R.

 

 

11:00 – 11:30              Tea/ Coffee

 

11:30 – 13:00              Theme: Growth and Employment in Globalizing India: An Assessment

 

Emerging Contract Labour in India’s Organized Manufacturing Sector: Trends, Pattern and Implications

Presenter: Neethi P, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Output and Employment Growth in Registered Manufacturing Industries in India: Testing Kaldor’s Hypothesis

Presenter: Panchanan Das, Taki Government College, West Bengal

 

Industrial Workers and their Movement: A Case Study on Prospective Role in Bargain, Governance and Change

Presenter: Sarmistha Sen, Samsundar College, West Bengal

 

Discussant: M. Parameswaran, Lecturer, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Chairperson: K Pushpangadan, Professor, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Rapporteurs: Varinder Jain and Amarendra Das

 

13:00 – 14:00              Lunch

 

14:00 – 15:30              Theme: Employment, Wages and Gender Issues

 

Changes in the Employment Pattern among Urban Women Workers in India: Some Results Based on the NSSO Employment-Unemployment Estimates

Presenter: Sona Mitra, CESP, JNU, New Delhi

 

Economic Reforms in India: Where Incremental Workers are

Heading

Presenter: Sandeep Kumar, Consultant, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister

 

Discussant: Indira Hirway, Director, CFDA

 

Chairperson: Mridul Eapen, Member, Planning Board, Kerala

 

Rapporteurs: Braja Bandhu Swain and Alice Sebastian

 

15:30 – 15:45              Tea/ Coffee

 

15:45 – 17:15              Wrap Up

                                    Pinaki Chakraborty, Associate Professor, CDS, Trivandrum

 

Round Table Discussion:

Moderator: Amit Bhaduri, Honorary Fellow, CDS

 

            Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, President, Levy Economics Institute,       New York

 

            Jose Carlos de Assis, Assessor da Presidência do BNDES,   Brazil

 

            Rania Antonopoulos, Levy Economics Institute, New York

 

            Indira Hirway, Director, CFDA

 

            D Narayana, Professor, CDS, Trivandrum

 

            Pinaki Chakraborty, Associate Professor, CDS, Trivandrum

 

 

Note: Paper presenter will be given 10 minutes for presentation. Discussant will be given 5 Minutes to discuss each paper at the end of the session.