Pune, 2nd November 2021: A national level seminar on the impact of Covid 19 on the Indian economics was organized by the Economics Department, Sanskar Mandir Sanstha’s Arts and Commerce College on October 31. More than 70 experts edited their research papers, which were collated in three booklets published as the outcome of the seminar.
These booklets were published at the hands of the MP Supiya Sule. The Chief Guest was Rupali Chakankar, chairperson of Maharashtra State Women Commission, while the programme was presided over by Prof Dr Vilas Adhav, Economics Department, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). The programme was organized by Dilipbhau Barate.
MP Supriya Sule said, “When the world was suddenly exposed to the Covid 19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) wrongly suggested social distancing as the emergency preventive measure. This method was used in our country from times unknown to keep the untouchable people away. WHO should have instead used the term ‘physical distancing’. That was the first mistake by them. In our country, Janata curfew was used as the emergency measurement across the country, as a result of which manufacturers and all other factors supporting the economy such as industries and communication came to a standstill, creating a break in the economic wheel.
Therefore, during the first lockdown, citizens where faced with the dilemma of whether to save themselves or save the economy. Immediate medical treatment on Covid was not available, so 140 crore citizens found it difficult to spend on preventive measurements. Covid cycles were determined for prevention such as constant clearing of hands with sanitisers and maintain a distance of 3 m between people.
For this, 72hrs were allocated in the first step, which was later on extended to four days. As a result of all of this, the economy suffered greatly. We have seen hordes of contract labour moving to native rural areas from the industrial urban areas. The unorganized labour were destroyed and the additional burden of industrial labour was borne by the agricultural sector through MNRG. The sectors of agriculture, industry and service are crucial for strengthening the economy. Post 1991, the strides in service sector have accelerated our economy greatly.”
In his speech, the Chairperson of the programme, Dr Vilas Adhav, expressed his belief that the same progress will bring our economy back on track. Dr Deepak Shinde, presented the introduction. Dr Kangude anchored the programme while Dr Rajendra Thorat presented the vote of thanks.
Dilipbhau Barate observed that all the teaching staff of the college is always involved in research activities. All the staff are PhD holders and the college has been making great strides in every possible manner. The guests were introduced by Dr Giri. The Vice Principal of the college was also present for the programme.