The Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Andhra University organised a National Webinar on “Social Exclusion in India: Road Map for Social Inclusion”.
The chief guest on the occasion, Prof.P.V.G.D.Prasad Reddy, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University inaugurated the webinar. Addressing the participants, Prof. Reddy mentioned that social exclusion can be eliminated only through the inclusionary policies of the governments at the state level and the Centre.
The policies would bring in a sea change in the lives of the poorer and downtrodden sections of the people and he gave priority to address the issue of poverty, added Prof. Reddy. He lauded the initiatives of the State government particularly full-fee reimbursement scheme, Amma Vodi (direct financial assistance annually to poor), YSR Aasara (loan scheme for women), Cheyutha scheme (for women from minority communities) and housing for the poor.
Social Exclusion is the process in which individuals are blocked from or denied full access to various rights, opportunities and resources that are normally available to other members of a group, said Dr.Y.Chinna Rao, Professor, Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Exclusion is situational and contextual and discrimination is another form of exclusion, added Prof. Rao. He stated that people all over the world are prevented from participating fully in society for reasons that go beyond the structural and institutional barriers. Prof. Rao referred to the works of scholars like, Becker, Silver and De Haan, Amartya Sen’s (2000) pioneering work on social exclusion.
Prof. Rao mentioned about Sen’s perspectives of “active exclusion” and “passive exclusion”.
Dr. V.Subramanyam, Professor (Emeritus), Dept. of Anthropology, Andhra University and Former Member, B.C.Commission, Government of Andhra Pradesh spoke about the mechanisms and forms of social exclusion. He explained how the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes are kept out of the mainstream development process. He said only after independence and framing of the Constitution of India, the problems of these weaker sections received some attention. He wanted caste –wise census all over India to be done periodically and benefits of education to be extended to all socially excluded groups.
He said caste discrimination prevails in India even now. Dr.P.Subba Rao, Director of the Centre welcomed and outlined the aims of the Webinar. Staff of the Centre and about 90 participants attended the event.
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