Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Globalisation will have an adverse impact on the lifestyle of people in under-developed and developing countries such as India. Over-exploitation of resources, particularly land, will deprive the economic rights of the people in investing on immovable property, said the former Haryana Chief Secretary, M.G. Devasahayam.

He was speaking at the inaugural of a three-day seminar, sponsored by the University Grants Commission, on “Human rights awareness for sustainable development” organised by the Postgraduate and Research Department of History of Periyar E.V.R. College here on Wednesday.

Mr. Devasahayam said the concept of Special Economic Zone would bring about economic peril in the lives of the farming community.

Although the country registered an increase in the Gross Domestic Product ratio, there was not much headway in alleviation of poverty.

India marched ahead of countries such as Japan in terms of number of billionaires, but the daily earnings of about 83 crore people was below Rs.20.

In the present-day scenario, an individual’s economic development formed part of human rights, he said and hoped that the seminar would address issues concerning rights from the point of view of economic development.

Principal Sheela Gnanasironmani; Postmaster-General, Tamil Nadu Central Region, Tiruchi, S.P. Rajalingam and Head of the Department of History of Manonmaniam Sundaranar varsity K. Sadasivan spoke.