UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINAR ON

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WELFARE STATE: MYTH AND REALITIES
27-28 NOVEMBER, 2010 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH BENGAL

Organized by Department of Law, University of North Bengal Raja Rammohunpur, District: Darjeeling West Bengal, India

of which almost everything is channeled back to the taxpayers with minimum expenses for bureaucratic personnel. The general term may cover a variety of forms of economic and social organization. the producers tending to dismiss the whole idea of social welfare because they will not receive anything of it. This requires high taxing. non profit organisations etc. equitable distribution of wealth. etc). This responsibility in theory ought to be comprehensive.UGC SPONSORED NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND WELFARE STATE: MYTH AND REALITIES 27-28 November. The unintended result is that there is a sharp divide between the receivers and the producers of social welfare. This requires a tight bureaucratic control over the people concerned.g. but indirectly. because all aspects of welfare are considered and universally applied to citizens as a "right". According to the first model the state is primarily concerned with directing the resources to “the people most in need”. having children. but directly to welfare recipients from a combination of independent volunteers such as corporations. receiving medical treatment. to all people who fulfill easily established criteria (e. the welfare state has been referred to as a type of "mixed economy". This model is dominant in the US. Welfare state can also mean the creation of a "social safety net" of minimum standards of varying forms of welfare. The intended – and also largely achieved – result is that there will be a broad support for the system since most people will receive at least something. The welfare state involves a direct transfer of funds from the public sector to welfare recipients. . According to the second model the state distributes welfare with as little bureaucratic interference as possible. and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life. some degree of welfare is not actually provided by the state. This phenomenon has been termed a "welfare society". the private sector is often contributing those funds via redistributionist taxation. with a maximum of interference in their lives to establish who are "in need" and minimize cheating. There are two main interpretations of the idea of a welfare state: • • A model in which the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens. There is some confusion between a "welfare state" and a "welfare society". In many countries. especially in the United States. It is based on the principle of equality of opportunity. The term "welfare system" has been used to describe the range of welfare measures that the welfare state and welfare society mixes. between "us" and "them". 2010 A welfare state is a concept of government where the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens. and debate about how each term should be defined.

is also empowered to achieve economic and political justice. The criteria of admission both at LL. The Department has its own campus in the south Block of the North Bengal University. The Department of Law was formerly known as the University College of Law and was established as such in the year 1974. The Department has a rich Ph.The activities of present-day welfare states extend to the provision of both cash welfare benefits (such as old-age pensions or unemployment benefits) and in-kind welfare services (such as health or childcare services). [Honours] 5 year integrated course.D.B. Located at the foot hills of eastern Himalayas. and LL. Nepal and Bhutan. degrees have been awarded. Siliguri is the gate way to North eastern India and land locked countries like Bhutan and Nepal. Through these provisions.M. It also attracts students .D. 2010 to critically assess the role of the State and the Citizens in relation to a State driven by the principles of social justice and welfare. Arunachal Pradesh. The sprawling campus of the University enjoys the pristine beauty of the eastern Himalayas and is the intellectual hub of North Bengal. as well as influencing how their citizens consume and how they spend their time.D. A person who is empowered by Social Justice and is able to meaningfully take advantage of Fundamental Rights enshrined under Articles 14. LL. level is eighty. programme. A two day seminar is organised on 27-28 November. Department attracts scholars and students from all over India and especially from Sikkim. It was upgraded as the Department of Law in the year 2000. Presently the Department offers a B. It shares a huge and porous international border with Bangladesh. This is the ultimate welfare at the citizenry level.A. Social justice is thus an integral part of justice and as such is inclined to translate itself to ‘distributive Justice’. It was started in 1999 and since then sixteen Ph. course and Ph. Presently there are about The twenty five scholars engaged in doctoral research under various faculty members. is on merit. It therefore is a species of the genus “Justice”. 16 and 21 etc. These principles can be found in the Preamble and the Directive Principles of State Policy.B. Uttar Pradesh and Orissa.B.M. LL. The intake at the LL. The distance from Bagdogra is six kilometers and from Siliguri is seven kilometers. The concept of ‘Social Justice’ with which the Constitution of India is engrafted consists of diverse principles essential for the orderly growth and development of every citizen. It is well connected with all metropolis and major cities by air and rail. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH BENGAL The Department of Law is prominently situated on National Highway 31 between Bagdogra and Siliguri in the District of Darjeeling. welfare states can affect the distribution of wellbeing and personal autonomy among their citizens.M. and the LL. Tripura. Siliguri is an important sub-division of the district and commercial capital of North Bengal. DEPARTMENT OF LAW. course which was started in 1993 has twenty five seats. Assam. 15.

K. Apart from the above. students from India (Research Scholars and LL. 100/.. 500 and Rs.M. officials/ advocates/ NGOs/ INGOs officials from India: Rs.) of the Department of Law. programme. the faculty members of the Department have been publishing a good number of text books and reference books on law and allied subjects on regular basis. v) Research scholars and students. 500 and Rs 250/. (Hons. 1000 and Rs. 500/. REGISTRATION FEE: Registration fee is payable by each of the participant individually and separately in cash on arrival at the place of the seminar before inauguration.for each accompanying person.from Bhutan. The Department has a Legal Aid Clinic in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authorities.A..M. namely Indian Journal of Law and Justice.for each accompanying person. Tea Garden personnel and judicial officers. The Department has published Booklets in Human Rights. Delhi. Environment Legislations in Bengali and Nepali. and the National Law School of India University to carry out the ‘Human Rights Outreach Project’.B. 200 and Rs. B students who will present the paper can attend the Seminar (maximum 5 students per institution) on payment of Rs.G. The self financing P. The Department has also been able to publish biannual law It runs a very successful NSS journal. from outside India: Rs. The Department was jointly selected by the British Council. iii) LL. ii) Research Scholars and LL. officials/ advocates/ NGOs/ INGOs officials from outside India: Rs. students of University of North Bengal are exempted to pay any registration fee): Rs.for each accompanying person. Nepal and Bangladesh. It was also a partner institution with CEERA. U. Diploma course on Environment has presently been discontinued. University of Warwick. and LL. University of North Bengal who will present the paper are exempted to pay any fees]. CLIMATE: .for each accompanying person. 200/. M. National Law School of India University for carrying out environment education for forest personnel.. iv) Teachers/ academics/ Govt. i) Teachers/ academics/ Govt.B. 150 each [However the students of B. LL. both LL.

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Papers.B. The delegates may like to seek travel expenses from their respective universities/ institutions. food and local hospitality. will feature in ‘INDIAN JOURNAL of LAW and JUSTICE’ [IJLJ]. III.P. . along with an abstract of not more than 200 words are invited which may kindly be sent in advance to any of the members of the organizing committee. II. V. food and local hospitality to the students of LL. We are unable to arrange for stay. Gangotri Chakraborty Dr.Prof. Sujit Kumar Biswas Seminar Director Prof. However it will be our pleasure to arrange their stay. agriculture and industry The next generation approach to social justice and welfare CALL FOR PAPERS Papers on various sub-themes. Dwivedi and Head of the Department Seminar Chairman Dr. if selected. Protection of eco-soc rights for social justice Participation of the private enterprise Distributive justice Role of the judiciary in promoting social justice Right to social justice Social justice and welfare through land. Rathin Bandyopadhyay Member Member Sub Themes: I. VII. a peer reviewed refereed journal brought out by the Department of Law. VI. North Bengal University Note: Due to paucity of funds we are unable to provide travel expenses to the delegates. B. IV.