Mangalore, March 5: Shrinivas Institute of Social Work inaugurated Manthana 2010, a 2-day state-level symposium of social work fraternity, based on the theme of development through empowerment, on March 5, Friday.
Prof G V Joshi, the well-known thinker and member of the Karnataka State Planning Board, called for economic empowerment of the poor and said that development is possible only when the poor are economically empowered. Distinguishing between “growth” and “development,” he said that growth is a statistical phenomenon and development includes growth and change.
Explaining growth and development, he said that, since growth is measurable, policy makers frequently use it to highlight success and conceal weaknesses. He stressed that development means much more than growth and explained that development should result in eradication of poverty, inequality, and unemployment. Although there can be growth without development, there cannot be development without growth, he added.
Prof Joshi alleged that the government is responsible for widespread poverty and urged the poor to participate in all the schemes devised by the government.
Srinivas Rao, the vice president of A Shama Rao Foundation, Mangalore, said in his presidential address that social and moral values have an important role to play in the development of a country.
Dr. P S Aithal, the principal of Shrinivas Institute of Social Work, gave the welcome and introductory speech. Malathi and her companions marked the beginning of the programme with a melodious prayer song.