Call to assess impact of development on common man
: Development concerns of the common man and measures to address them along with other multi-crore projects were the focal point of discussions among the special invitees at a panel discussion on ‘Malabar Rising,’ here on Saturday.
Writer K.P. Ramanunni, who expressed his apprehension on the changing cultural scenario of the region, said the term development could be discussed only with the support of reliable facts and figures. “The exact area where we fail now is the lack of a farsighted vision to assess the impact of development projects on the common man,” he said.
Mr. Ramanunni said the concept of development can never be interpreted in terms of physical amenities alone. “To complement this, we should have a peaceful social atmosphere where people lived with a stable mind and clear thinking.”
Environmentalist T. Shobheendran noted that the demolition of hills and levelling of wetlands could not be allowed in the name of development for the upper segments. Actual development can be attained only through wise utilisation of available resources and conservation of what Nature has already given us,” he pointed out.
Social activist V.P. Zuhra, who presented a detailed account of the trouble and turmoil of women in various fields, noted that the State and Union governments were yet to consider the development needs of the migrant population, especially migrant women. “Their safe accommodation and facilities for meeting primary needs were not addressed,” she said.
According to Ms. Zuhra, the developing urban space was unfriendly to women as they lacked several basic amenities to meet their needs.