July 27, 2005, The Hindu

The Consumers’ Guidance Society, in association with CUTS of Jaipur, will organise a two-day regional seminar on “National Common Minimum Programme and Economic Reforms” at Hotel Ilapuram on August 6 and 7.

The objective of the seminar is to focus on economic issues covered in the NCMP, discuss concerns of different stakeholders and provide a networking platform to debate issues of mutual interest. The Vijayawada MP, Lagadapati Rajagopal will inaugurate the seminar on August 6 at 9.45 a.m. The CUTS Director, Bipul Chatterjee and others will speak.

Dr. Kodanda Ram of Nizam College will make an introductory statement on “Do economic reforms contradict social care?” Dr. Naresh Sharma of the University of Hyderabad will present another introductory statement on “Does trade contradict protection of domestic industries?”

Prof. K.R. Choudhary of Forum Against Globalisation, Dr. Sudharshan Reddy of CKM College, A. Bhavani Prasad of Federation of Farmers’ Associations and others will apeak.

The CSG will organise a round table discussion on ‘WTO and Andhra Pradesh’ on August 7 at 10.00 am at the same venue. Mr. Bipul Chatterjee, Rural Resources Group Centre for Good Governance Director V.K. Parigi, former MP, Yelamanchili Shivaji and others will speak.