Call to handle water resources carefully

Staff Reporter

NILAMBUR: Improper use of water resources is forcing Kerala to buy 50 per cent of power for its domestic needs. The State can produce surplus electricity if it manages its water resources carefully, said K. Velan, head of the School of Economics, Kamaraj University.

Dr. Velan was speaking at a national workshop on `Kerala's current industrial scene' organised by the Economics Department of Dr. Ghafoor Memorial M.E.S. Mampad College, near here, on Thursday.

The State lacks a proper entrepreneurship culture, said K.P. Mani, a faculty member of Calicut University's Department of Economics. He said the State was facing challenges like lack of dynamic risk-taking and young entrepreneurs. Inaugurating the two-day seminar on Wednesday, Renga Reddy, professor of Economics from Sree Venkiteswara University, Trichi, said that Kerala with its multi-linguistic, multi-religious and multi-marketing potentials could become a role model not only for India but for European and American economies as well.

Though Kerala stands behind in industry, it can come up if its people adopt some structural and behavioral changes, he said. According to Dr. Reddy, labour militancy, over-politisation and bureaucratic irresponsibility are the cause of Kerala's industrial backwardness.

O.P. Abdurahman, college principal, presided over the function.