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India: Prime Minister Singh calls on companies to address development, displacement, environment & discrimination, addressing Confederation of Indian Industry conference

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19 April 2006

Broaden employee base, make it more representative: PM [India's Prime Minister] to Industry captains

Author: Indian Express

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today sent out a strong message that double-digit economic growth would only be sustainable if it were made “more broadbased” and for that India Inc needed to “voluntarily” make their employee base more “representative”...Singh said “affirmative action” by the industry could be a crucial component of the inclusive society that “we hope to build.” Singh’s comments came in the backdrop of the recommendation by the Empowered Group of Ministers, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, that job reservation in the private sector could be possible by amending the Constitution and bringing in a new law, an issue that the Cabinet should decide.

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19 April 2006

High time to address displacement, eco issues: PM tells industry leaders [India]

Author: Newindpress.com

...[India's] Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that the time had come to squarely address the issues of development, displacement and environment...We need to quickly evolve credible mechanisms,...whereby development is not perceived as a threat to people's lives and habitats; whereby development is done in the most cost-effective, environment friendly and least disruptive manner"..The Prime Minister urged the CII [Confederation of Indian Industry] to give more attention to questions of social and economic discrimination and deprivation and to such issues as - educational and health status, employment generation, social security and empowerment of women and minorities.

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18 April 2006

Growth should not lead to degradation to ecosystem: Prof Jeffrey Sachs [India]

Author: Confederation of Indian Industry

There is continuous degradation of the ecosystem in India and other countries which is evident from the spread of diseases like AIDS, Avian flu as well as storms like Katrina and Tsunami and this is expected to intensify with countries focussing only on economic growth. This is not a welcome sign and needs to be corrected, according to Prof Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute & Queteled Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University, USA. Prof Sachs was speaking at the National Conference & Annual Session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)...

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14 April 2006

Creating dispensable citizens [India]

Author: Usha Ramanathan, Honorary Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

On January 2, 2006, police opened fire on tribals who were preventing the takeover of their land for setting up industries in Kalinganagar in Orissa. Twelve tribals were killed. A journey through Kalinganagar tracked the trouble unerringly to rehabilitation — or, more accurately, its absence...87 families had been evicted to set up the MESCO steel plant; five persons had been given jobs. A total of 634 families had been displaced from the site of the Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd., 53 people were given work. Some 430 families were displaced for Visa steel, 42 were given employment. When asked, the District Magistrate is reported to have said: "We will ask the industries to have a sympathetic look at the situation."

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