“Inclusive growth is the goal of 11th five year plan
as it wants to concentrate on development of agriculture and infrastructure
facilities. There is a steady economic growth of the country since last 40
years and the percentage of the people living below poverty line is halved but
still a large number of people live in poverty. The government has taken steps
to provide facilities of higher education to a large number of people. A lot
is achieved but much more is to be achieved as more than 19 Crore people still
earn less than Rs. 38 per day” said Dr. B. L. Munagekar, Member of Planning
Commission, Government of India, while delivering a lecture in the Savitribai
Phuley Lecture Series of Shivaji University, Kolhapur on 16th
March, 2008 at Shahu Smarak Bhavan, Kolhapur. Dr. M. M. Salunkhe, Hon.
Vice-Chancellor of the University was in chair.
Dr. Munagekar futher argued that agriculture in India was still
lagging behind as it was a state subject and over the period of time, the
states had neglected this sector. Due to this factor, economic growth of the
Country was adversely affected. He argued that corruption at all level of the
government had become major challenge as huge amount of money was being
siphoned off by the corrupt officers both elected and not elected. He was of
the opinion that the steps should be taken to stem the rot.
Munagekar’s lecture was jointly organized by Shivaji University, Kolhapur as
well as a number of organization teachers associations and unions of the
University. At the begins of the lecture, Dr. Munagekar was felicitated by the
office bearers of these organizations.
presidential remarks Dr. Salunkhe pointed out that Shivaji Univesity had
adopted a number of steps to help socially and economically backward sections
of the society.
Dr. A. A. Dange,
Director B.C.U.D. of the University welcomed and introduced Dr. B. L.
Munagekar and Rajendra Kankariya, Registrar of the University proposed heartly
vote of thanks.