ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Dilemma for the Government

The response to the pandemic has aggravated both the economic as well as the health crises.

After a prolonged lockdown of close to three months, which started on 24 March 2020, there does not seem to be any clarity within the government on when to unlock the economy, and that is because the Covid-19 curve for India is still at some distance from its peak.

Not only has the lockdown not managed to control the pandemic, it has inflicted severe economic loss in terms of jobs, lives and livelihoods of a vast majority of Indians, particularly the poor and the vulnerable. It is yet another case where those who are the least responsible for a problem are made to suffer the most. Unlocking without a counter health strategy in place would be at the risk of infections rising at an alarming rate. But, a prolonged lockdown would be at the risk of huge unemployment for a long period, coupled with distress-driven loss of lives and livelihoods.

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Updated On : 24th Dec, 2020

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