The V.V. Giri Memorial Award 2011, instituted by the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, an autonomous body of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, was conferred by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Hon’ble Union Labour and Employment Minister, on Prof. Utsa Patnaik, a Professor in the Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi in recognition of her outstanding contributions to labour studies. Prof. Patnaik, in her academic and policy oriented research studies, has strongly argued for the promotion of labour-intensive small-scale production, which ensures sustainable agrarian development. Besides stressing the necessity of enhancing public investment in rural development, Prof. Utsa Patnaik has also emphasized the need to provide poor households with greater access to land and other productive assets.
V.V. Giri, the former President of India who actively championed the cause of labour by leading several workers’ struggles and made significant contributions in designing labour policy and various labour laws in India.
The Government has taken a number of steps like interest subvention to those farmers who repaid their short term crop loans as per schedule, Kissan Credit Cards, revival package for short term cooperative credit structure and so on to ensure additional flow of agricultural credit to the small and marginal farmers”, the Minister said.
The role and relevance of V.V. Giri National Labour Institute assume greater significance today due to the rapid transformations taking place in the world of labour. It is important that systematic and sound research be carried out to understand the nature and characteristics of the emerging labour landscape. I sincerely hope the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute will provide the leadership to promote such labour research.