RONO HILLS, December 14: The 22nd annual North Eastern Economic Association (NEEA) conference hosted by the Center for Development Studies, Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) started here on Tuesday.
During the two-day conference, topics such as migration, development, pandemic and economy will be discussed and around 120 research papers will be presented by academics from different universities and colleges across the country as well as at the ‘foreigner.
Speaking on the inaugural day, RGU Vice-Chancellor Professor Saket Kushwaha urged academics to deepen understanding of the causes of migration and its impact on society and the economy. He said around 15 million people migrated during the pandemic period because there had been huge reverse migration. He believed that migration from rural to urban areas is inevitable, leading to an aging population in villages for which proper care and social security measures are needed.
He expressed concern about the phenomenon of human capital flight from the country to other countries of the world for better education and employment opportunities. He expressed concern about the loss of economic opportunities due to the inability to adapt to technological changes.
“We need to understand the dynamics of technological change and monitor the technology to protect our industries from foreign competition,” he added.
Earlier, RGU HoD economics professor Vandana Upadhyay shared a message from CM Pema Khandu, in which he said that the northeast region has enormous natural resources and agro-climatic conditions conducive to the development of the horticulture, but that the region still lags behind other regions of the country. He hoped the two-day deliberations would lead to strategies to deal with the effects of the pandemic.
NEEA President Professor Homeswar Goswami stressed in his speech the importance of merit goods and social sector investments to improve the quality of human life and economic development. He considered that “access to education, health, nutrition and sanitation are the fundamental and fundamental rights of the population and that the State must therefore provide these goods and services for the good- be part of the population and improve the level of development ”.
He said greater public investment in the social sector is needed for faster economic development in the region. He also expressed concern about the low level of social sector development in the region and urged academics to conduct research to understand the different dimensions of the social sector in the northeast region.
The conference also brought together Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor Deepak Kr Mishra from New Delhi, Indira Gandhi Institute for Research and Development, Vice-Chancellor and Director from Mumbai, Professor S Mahendra Dev and Senior Economist , Professor Dilip Ratha of the World Bank.