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Date: 14-15 July, 2017

Venue: India International Centre Main, New Delhi

Indian economy is growing quite rapidly in recent years.  The average annual growth rate of GDP was 7.7 percent during 2004-05 to 2013-14.  However, high rate of economic growth has also been associated with growing inequalities, including economic, social, regional and rural-urban inequalities.  Besides, some regions and social groups, in the country continue to remain extremely poor and vulnerable, even after seven decades of independence. Still about 270 million people in the country is stated to be below the national poverty line. The average incidence of poverty is as high as 22 percent in the country and 26 percent in the rural areas. The incidence of absolute poverty in rural areas is as high as 44.6 percent in Chattisgarh, 40.8 percent in Jharkhand and 35.7 percent in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The Gini concentration ratio of distribution of per-capita consumption expenditure in the country which is a measure of inequality increased from 0.29 in 1964-65 to 0.34 in 2013-14. The urban – rural income ratio increased from 4.2 in 1951-52 to 9.7 in 2014-15. The co-efficient of inter – regional variation in per – capita income increased from 29.8 percent in 2004-05 to 39.2 percent in 2014-15. The poverty and indebtedness among people belonging to SCs, STs women and other vulnerable groups are relatively higher than others. Access to property rights, quality education, employment, credit and in decision making role, is comparatively lower for these vulnerable groups. All these facts raise a doubt whether the present high level of inequalities and growing economic, social, regional and rural – urban disparities will pose a challenge to India’s high rate of economic growth and democratic system of governance in the long run.

In view of the above facts, the Council for Social Development proposes to organize a National Seminar on Challenges of Growing inequality in India, at the India International Centre Annexe, New Delhi, on July 14-15, 2017. About 70 experts, including economists and other social scientists, concerned government officials, (comprising both present and retired) and social activists will participate.

The tentative topics for discussions would include the following:

  1. Challenges of growing economic inequality.
  2. Challenges of regional and rural-urban disparities.
  3. Ensuring social inclusion of Dalits, Adivasis and other marginalized groups.
  4. Dealing with gender inequality, especially in respect of access to property rights, education, employment, health care, credit, technology etc.
  5. Assessing the impact of various Govt. policies and programmes on inequality such as RTE, MGNREGA, ICDS, Mid-day Meal, FRA, NHM, PMAY, NLM, NSAP, and other SC,ST, women and minority related programmes.

Publication Plan:
A book will be published from a reputed publisher, based on the papers presented in the Seminar.


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Contact Persons for the Seminar

  1. Haque
    Distinguished Professor
    Council for Social development
    Tel: 011-24615383, 24611700
    Mob: 9818383200

Jaya Lekshmi Nair
Sr. Research Associate
Council for Social development
Tel: 011-24615383, 24611700
Mob: 9868612087

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