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Although govt. avoids providing data on the impact of COVID-19 Lockdown, timely intervention by a civil society group working among migrants fills the info gap

-Press Release by Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN), dated 15th September, 2020 In a recent press release, the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN) has revealed that around 971 persons have died during the course of the various Lockdowns, as of 4th July 2020. It has also provided the key findings of some recent studies that saw the impact of Lockdown and Covid-19 on livelihood security and food security.   To a question...

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Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Indian Economy: A Critical Assessment by R Ramakumar and Tejal Kanitkar

-National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru, Working Paper: NIAS/NSE/EEP/U/WP/18/2020 The paper entitled Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Indian Economy: A Critical Assessment by R Ramakumar and Tejal Kanitkar provides an analysis of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. First, using secondary data published by various sources, the paper attempts to document the trajectory of the infections and the Lockdown in India. Secondly, the paper explains the...

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Less than 34,000 inter-State migrant workers in 2019-20, says government -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu No workers were registered in Delhi, Patna; No data on Shramik Special deaths, says responses to RTI requests. In the last five years, there have been no inter-State migrant workers registered in the Delhi, Dehradun or Patna regions. Nationwide, there were less than 34,000 workers registered in 2019-20 under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (ISMW) Act, 1979, according to a response to a recent Right to Information Act request. In response to...

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No Data On Migrant Deaths, So No Compensation, Says Government: 10 Points -Sunil Prabhu

-NDTV Parliament Session: The ministry, however, admitted that more than 1 crore migrants made their way back to their home states from various corners of the country. New Delhi: There is no data on migrant deaths so the "question does not arise" of compensation, the Union labour ministry said in parliament on Monday to a question on whether families of those who had lost their lives while trying to reach home in...

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Tumbling down -Renu Kohli

-The Telegraph The slump in the GDP and the pain ahead The -23.9 per cent shrinkage in the April-June GDP is not a surprise as nearly half the period witnessed a national Lockdown. It’s also not surprising that this loss is the world’s steepest for India’s Lockdown was the most stringent and the accompanying fiscal policy response the weakest. But the quarter per cent slump did surprise most analysts who have since...

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