CUTS IN MEDIA-March 2007
Nafa Nuksan, 28 March 2007
New Delhi, 12 March 2007
An International seminar organized by the Commerce
Ministry of India under the banner of 'Saving Doha and Delivering on
Development' evoked protests from several groups including farmers,
students unions and civil society organisations. As ministers,
corporate lobbyists, academicians and bureaucrats met in the expensive
Maurya Sheraton hotel in New Delhi, hundreds of activists congregated
outside the hotel demanding their voices be heard. Reports indicate
that 200 activists have been arrested and detained at the nearby
Chanakya Puri police station. Those arrested include activists from
the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Housing Rights Association, Peoples
Campaign for Justice and Sovereignty, Youth for Justice and Slum
Dwellers Association. The meeting was co-organised along with groups
such as UNCTAD, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Oxfam
International, National Council for Applied Economic Research and CUTS
International. The intention was to identify the key parameters to
serve the so called 'development imperatives' of the Doha Round.
Hindustan Times, Jaipur, 2 March 2007
EXPERTS, AT the State-level launch and brainstorming workshop titled ‘Promoting Greater Role of the Panchayati Raj Institution in Rajasthan to Foster Rural Livelihood Opportunities Meeting the challenges of Globalisation and Economic Liberalisation.’ Unanimously agreed to promote rural livelihood, particularly the non-farm sector.
Addressing the gathering,
Consultant Economist Prof CS Barla and RUDA executive director Rajan
Mathur chaired the technical sessions on the pro-active role of PRIs
in the sector’s existing threats and opportunities
CUTS Centre for Consumer Action Research and Training (CUTS CART), Jaipur is implementing it in Rajasthan organized the event here on Thursday. Rural Non-farm Development Agency chairman and managing director Rohit R Brandon focused on strategies to eradicate poverty in rural communities.
He said that the non-farm sector (handloom and handicraft) should be promoted by community participation and assuring access to adequate market of the product particularly and highlighted the need for developing a community public private partnership (CPPP) model in the non-farm sector. Jaipur Zila Parishad Zila Pramukh Ram Gopal Guard said that there was an urgent need for implementation of programmes and policies in rural areas. Also the involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions was also needed.
Handloom and handicraft activities could be one of the ways for revival of the rural economy and eradication of joblessness and poverty, he added.
CUTS CART associate director George Cheriyan said that Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, High Commission of Canada, New Delhi has supported this project.
The inputs received from the workshop will help in designing the slot cum base line survey and training modules, he said.
Among those who took part included representatives from the CSO, non-government organisations and concerned agencies, private entrepreneurs (domestic exporters), self-help groups (SHGs) leaders, representatives of different producer/community groups from the rural areas, small-scale industries national and international trade promotional agencies.
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