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A long haul, spend wisely, but don’t skimp on the truly needy -Amartya Sen , Abhijit Banerjee & Raghuram Rajan

-The Indian Express Amartya Sen, Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee write: As it becomes clear that the lockdown will go on for quite a while, the biggest worry right now, by far, is that a huge number of people will be pushed into dire Poverty or even starvation by the combination of the loss of their livelihoods and interruptions in the standard delivery mechanisms. We in India worry a lot about the possible...

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Rising food insecurity: Tackling hunger during the coronavirus crisis -Geetanjali Krishna

-Business Standard Food insecurity is on the rise as subsidised food distributed via govt-run ration shops is not easily available to everyone Napoleon once famously said that an army marches on its stomach. Many argue that the present countrywide lockdown is causing widespread Poverty and consequent hunger, making it that much harder for the nation to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context, the work of Dilli Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA), Right...

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COVID-19: UN Report Says About 400 Million Indian Workers May Sink Into Poverty

-PTI/ NDTV The International Labour Organization (ILO) in its report titled 'ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work', describes coronavirus pandemic as "the worst global crisis since World War II". United Nations: About 400 million people working in the informal economy in India are at risk of falling deeper into Poverty due to the coronavirus crisis which is having "catastrophic consequences", and is expected to wipe out 195 million...

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Urban joblessness up 22%, experts fear gains against Poverty to be wiped out -Seema Chishti

-The Indian Express An estimated 50 million people are believed to have lost their jobs in just two weeks of the lockdown. The CMIE data showing rise in unemployment in urban areas by more than 22 per cent between March 22 and April 5 confirms that the lockdown prompted by coronavirus will wipe out the tremendous gains made by India in being the only country apart from China to lift millions out...

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Coronavirus Will Upend the 'Profits Over People' Mantra of Globalisation -Maitreesh Ghatak

-TheWire.in Our relentless pursuit of economic growth poses serious risks not just to the environment but also to public health. The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a public health crisis, but it brings along with it an economic crisis that is no less devastating. The public health crisis and the economic crisis are closely interrelated, especially in a country like India. India’s healthcare system lacks the resources to withstand the potential...

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