Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The Indian Society of Labour Economics has identified economic diversification, conditions and rights of workers, and trends in income differentials as the themes of discussion at its next conference at the Centre for Economic for Social Studies, Hyderabad.

G.S. Bhalla of Jawaharlal Nehru University was chosen as the next conference president.

Discussions on Wages and Employment, Agrarian Crisis and Rural Labour, and Emerging Trends in the Trade Union Movement that were presented recently in the 49th conference of the Society at Bharathidasan University will be considered in future policy decisions, since the members of the Society are drawn from national-level policy making bodies, including Central and State Planning Commissions, said S. Iyyampillai, Organising Secretary of the Conference and Vice-President of the Society.

The discussions will be published in the next issue of The Indian Journal of Labour Economics (IJLE), Mr. Iyyampillai added.

Representatives of the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, University of Hyderabad, Punjab University, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Mahadh University, Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkey, University of Mumbai, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Institute for Social and Economic Change - Bangalore, and Institute for Human Development - New Delhi, chaired the sessions spread over three days.

Panel discussion

There was also a panel discussion on Special Economic Zones. Ravi Srivastava, Member, National Commission for Enterprises in Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) spoke on `Conditions of Work in Unorganised Sector'.

J. Krishnamurthy of International Labour Organisation delivered the Radhakamal Mukherjee Memorial Lecture on `Employment and Armed Conflict' and K.P. Kannan, Member of NCEUS delivered the V.B. Singh Memorial Lecture on `Interrogating Inclusive Growth'.

S.R. Hashim, former Chairman, UPSC and former Member, Central Planning Commission and Abhijit Sen, Member of the Commission spoke on the draft paper of the XI five-year plan (2007-2012) at the valedictory.

Dr. Iyyampillai exhorted aspiring paper presenters for the next conference to forward their inputs to R.P. Mamgain, Managing Editor, IJLE, Institute of Human Development, National Institute of Disaster Management Building, Indian Institute of Public Administration Campus, I.P. Estate, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110 002, Ph. 011-23358166 / 23321610.

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