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Indian family budgets are stretched, they’re borrowing more. Faster vaccination can fix this -Ila Patnaik and Radhika Pandey

-ThePrint.in RBI data shows a sharp increase in households borrowing against gold. Other indicators also show higher borrowing. More credit is fine, but vaccination needs priority. The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has hit household incomes sharply. Households have survived to a large extent by borrowing. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data shows a sharp increase in households borrowing against gold. In addition to borrowing from the...

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How Second Wave Is Decimating Rural Economy -Rohit Inani

-IndiaSpend.com The government has said that the economic impact from the second Covid-19 wave will be less than that of the first. But economists point to signs of a growing rural economic crisis, and call for urgent relief measures to ward off long-term damage. Siolim, Goa: Ramesh Ram, 31, is listed as a textile industry staff worker in the administration's database of migrant workers in south west Bihar's Kaimur district. But for...

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Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Food Security and Indebtedness in Rural India -S Niyati and R Vijayamba

-Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, January-June, 2021 This note examines the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food security and Indebtedness among rural households. It is based on a telephone survey of 164 households from 26 villages across 13 States. The survey was conducted by the Pandemic Studies Unit of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies (FAS), Bangalore, in October 2020. Of these 26 villages included in the 2020...

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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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What Lies at the Foundation of the Prolonged Agrarian Crisis in India? -Shinzani Jain

-Newsclick.in The deeper rot in agriculture can be overcome through more far-reaching reforms, starting from an overhaul of pre-capitalist land relations and relations of production that continue to shackle productivity and are at the root of aggravating poverty, unemployment and inequality in rural India. It has been more than five months since farmers from different parts of the country began protesting in Delhi. They have been unflinching when it comes to their...

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