UGC Chairman advocates ''inclusive policy''

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Hyderabad, Dec 17 (UNI) University Grants Commission Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat today called for a comprehensive ''Inclusive Policy'' to ensure participation of hitherto excluded sections to receive the gains of social and economic development.

''The polity, society and economy will have to be more inclusive and participatory and only then can democracy as means of governance become meaningul for all,'' he observed while delivering the Valedictory address at the 49th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics here.

Mr Thorat said the ''Inclusive Policy'' should comprise pro-poor policy for the generality of the poor as a whole, including discriminated groups and equal opportunity policy for discriminated groups.

The equal opportunity policy should comprise law against discrimination and proactive measures in the form of reservation to give equal share in income-earning capital assets, employment in both public and private sector, social needs like education and housing and participation in governance through fair share in legislature, executive and administration with necessary provision in Constitution and the Laws.

It was necessary to recognise that there would be some common features of inclusive policy, cutting across all discriminated groups, such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes, semi-nomadic and denotified tribes, specific discriminated religious minority, women, physically challenged and other categories, depending on the form and nature of discrimination suffered by each one of them and their social, education and economic situations, he said.

Pointing out that these sections, particularly, SC, ST, OBC and women were denied right to education in the past, he called for measures to compensate for past denial and take up special programmes to improve the skill and education level to enhance employability of these sections.

Besides education, the general policy would also require measures to improve ownership of income-earning capital assets, such as agriculture land and non-land capital, as some groups as a whole, or some sections within the groups, lacked access to income-earning capital assets. Their social needs like housing should also be met, he added.

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