Governor inaugurates seminar on migration in north east India

Subject : Working Conditions | Source(s) : United News of India | Date : 26-Feb-2018

Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today inaugurated a seminar on “Migration and Ethnicity in North-East India” at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus at Makhan, Kangpokpi district. The seminar is being organised by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata in collaboration with the Centre for North-East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur. Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said the seminar will help in putting into proper perspective a hotly debated issue in the North-East. Migrants are an integral part of the human development in a society and country. Migration as ‘factor mobility’ and migrants as ‘factor of production’ are of paramount importance in economics she added. A large number of people from all over the country have migrated in search of work towards bigger cities of the country. The North-East is also not far behind in this phenomenon of social mobility and a large number of young people from this region have migrated to different cities across the country. The limited educational and job opportunities in the region are, by far, the most significant ‘push’ factors while the availability of better educational and job opportunities in bigger cities act as the ‘pull’ factors she added. With the exception of students, the majority of the migrant workers are engaged in different service professions. The trend is now more towards the hospitality, industry, BPOS, retail and security services. There is a serious concern about illegal migration in the North Eastern states. Illegal migration has been considered as a cultural and demographic threat for the numerically smaller communities of the region she said. The North Eastern states share long borders with neighbouring countries and this has led to a more pronounced feeling of insecurity among the local populace in the region for illegal migration from across the borders. The issue of regulating the entry of people into the region through a mechanism such as ILP system has been occupying the attention of the people in the NE states. Recent studies on northeast migration have also delved into the alleged discrimination confronting the people of the region in other parts of the country. However, the mainstream population is gradually getting an opportunity to understand the region, and a change in perspective has been seen over a period of time. The Governor further added that such a seminar is a rare forum, which will deliberate on important issues such as history and cause of outward migration from India’s North East Region, identify the socio-economic and motivational characteristics of outward migration, analyse the subjective experiences of the migrants in the host society and their employment aspirations and expectations, pattern of conflict and accommodation between migrants and members of the host society and determine the contribution of the migrant workers both in sending and receiving places. The inaugural session of the seminar was attended by Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Prof. Simi Malhotra, Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, Prof. Ramjeevan Singh Thakur, Director, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur, faculty members and students of of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University.

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