August 24, 2005, HT Live

CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research and Training (CUTS-CART) in association with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi (FES India) will be organising a regional seminar on the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP) of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and its prospects for economic reforms.

According to the organisers the seminar would be held on Wednesday, from 9.30 a.m. at Patel Bhawan, HCM-RIPA.

The prime objective of the seminar is to take stock of various aspects of the NCMP, with emphasis on issues relating to economic reforms and development, to discuss concerns and necessary actions of different stakeholders.

It would also strive to achieving better coherence between policy formulation and implementation and to contribute towards a networking platform to stakeholders in order to discuss issues of mutual interest and build partnership between and among different stakeholders.

Participants representing various groups and sectors from the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab will discuss and debate key issues relating to the NCMP.

Keeping in line with the objectives of the seminar, the sessions will involve discussions on economic substance of the Common Minimum Programme, economic reforms vis a vis social care, trade vis a vis protection of domestic industries, stimulation of social welfare by economic policies and social security etc.

The whole purpose of the seminar is to cultivate critical points for debates and discussions, so that there is a better understanding on issues leading towards convergence of various approaches and views.