Webinar Discusses Challenges to Assam’s Economy, Social Security in COVID-19 Backdrop

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Webinar Discusses Challenges to Assam’s Economy, Social Security in COVID-19 Backdrop

G Plus News | June 17, 2020 11:07 hrs

GUWAHATI: Social Science Research Community (SSRC), India, a self sponsored platform constituted by the researchers and scholars of social scientists from all across the country organized a National Webinar on 16 June 2020 on the theme ‘COVID-19 and Assam: Challenges to the Economy and Social Security’. 

Addressing the Colloquium Prof. Binod Khadria, former faculty of Economics, Education and Migration, Jawaharlal Nehru University, after presenting a comprehensive analysis on migration from global to the local, suggested to make Assam a hub of higher education to retain students migrating out of the state for higher studies and to raise the labour productivity of youth generations along with imparting quality vocational training in local crafts unique to Assam. He said, “The world has been very racist so far. 


Let Covid 19 help us to come out it. It is also the high time to come out of the anxiety about the illegal migrants which is rooted in the psyche of sons of the soil.” 

Prof. Akhil Ranjan Dutta, Head, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University and Chairperson of SSRC argued that the failure of the global community in general and the Indian state and its federating units to mitigate the challenges emanated from COVID 19 primarily lies in the pursuit of limitless wealth by a microscopic minority and the widespread inequality and loss of livelihood sources by the millions. 

The paradigmatic shift of healthcare from its concerns for a decentralized and community owned public healthcare system to that of private and corporate driven, technology obsessive and urban and metro centric health industry intensified social insecurity emanated from COVID 19. He emphasized on more devolution of power to the federating units and growth of a mutually reinforcing healthy and cooperative federal culture where the federal units enjoy maximum autonomy. 

Speaking in the Webinar, Dr. Joydeep Baruah, Associate Professor of OKD Institute of Social Change and Development argued that the COVID 19 poses primarily two major challenges viz. challenges related to public health and to the economy. “The economic consequences of COVID 19 are expected to be disastrous, severe and all-pervasive,” he said. Dr. Baruah emphasized that overcoming the economic challenges presented by COVID 19 will necessitate change in the nature of the state, and the consequent restructuring of the statecraft which needs to be looked at critically. 

Dr. Saswati Choudhury, Associate Professor the same institute observed that migrant workers especially women face a higher risk of losing their livelihoods as they mostly work in informal economy especially domestic and care work with insecure contracts and no paid leave or ability to work from home. 

Attended by 100 researchers and scholars from all across the country including Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty (Delhi University), Prof. Ujjwal Kumar Singh (Delhi University), Dr. Santana Kanikar (JNU), Dr. Swargajyoti Gohain (Ashoka University), Dr. Dhananjay Rai (Gujarat Central University) and Rityusha Tiwari (Delhi University), the Webinar was moderated by Dr. Sreeparnaa Bhattacharjee Roy, Vice President of SSRC and Assistant Professor in Education, Assam University.

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