Paper Invitation: National Seminar on SEZs
Two-Day National Seminar on
Political Economy of Special Economic Zones (SEZs)
The Special Economic Zones Policy in the country had been formally introduced by the Govt. of India in April 2000. The theoretical genesis for the formation of these zones is the export-led growth strategy considering the need to enhance foreign investment and also to promote exports from the country. Further, the SEZs are expected to offer high quality infrastructure facilities and support services, besides allowing for the duty free import of capital goods and raw materials to make the domestic enterprises and manufacturers to be competitive globally. In addition to the above features, attractive fiscal incentives and simple customs, banking and other procedures are offered in such zones. Setting up of SEZ is to be treated as an infrastructural development activity. SEZs are one of many means to attract foreign investment, generate employment, and earn foreign exchange and sometimes to improve the terms of trade for domestic firms.
The Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 was brought in by BJP government at the Centre and received the assent of the President on the 23rd June, 2005. The intention of the Act is to provide for the establishment, development and management of the Special Economic Zone for the promotion of exports and for matters connected there with or incidental there to. Further, the SEZ Act meant for corporate sector, both local and multinational capitalist interest. It is also expected fulfilling the needs of ruling classes and their representatives every where in the society. SEZs laws, rules and legislation can be altered, depending on which problems are more imminent in the particular setting of it.
At present, the said policy has opened up conflicting opinion across the nation. Discussions are being held among professional politicians, economists, trade union leaders, farmers and even among common people about the efficacy of this policy. Most of the debates are centered round land acquisition and other related problems, resources that would accrue to the exchequer as well as drain of the budget due to the various concessions, growth prospects of the SEZs in lieu of investment proposals by foreign and domestic entrepreneur and also about the implementation of labour laws in these zones.
As a matter of fact, it can be said that the SEZ policy has become one of the most hotly debated issue in recent years. In light of this backdrop, there is a need to have a serious discussion pertaining to the several ramifications beset with the concept of SEZs. The present seminar will be organized by the Dept. of Economics, Kakatiya University, Warangal to address the several aspects of the SEZs.
This seminar is planned to be held in the last week of October, 2009. The following are some of the sub themes identified for paper writers.
Historical Justification and Experiences of the SEZ Act.
- Origin, Growth and Development of SEZs
- SEZs Vs Economic Development
- SEZs Vs Employment
- SEZs and Displacement and the Sustainable Development/Inclusive Development
The above sub themes are only suggestive but not exhaustive. The paper writers can also submit papers on any other sub themes of their choice relating to the main theme of the seminar. The paper should be accompanied by a small abstract and it must be sent with a CD in MS-Word. The Organizers of the seminar would like to bring out the proceedings in the form of the book at a later stage. The papers should reach the seminar Director on or before 30th September, 2009. The first author of the seminar paper will only be paid TA as per the UGC norms.
Address to send your papers:
Prof. Burra Ramulu
Seminar Director & Head,
Dept. of Economics
Kakatiya University, Warangal – 506 009 A.P
0870 – 2461421 (O)
g-mail : burraramulu[at]gmail.com