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COVID-19 Relief Package

Informal workers, migrants in cities, farmers and small businesses are worst hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Although the central government has announced a relief package, the effective implementation of the welfare measures pose a big challenge. In this context, the role of construction welfare boards is assessed, and questions are raised over the proper distribution of direct benefit transfers to construction workers through CWBs.

Plight of the Stranded Workers

India’s urban economies depend on migrant labour who should not be treated like “problems” during a lockdown.

India’s Food System in the Time of COVID-19

India’s complete lockdown has caused unnecessary disruptions in the food supply chain, with the scarcity of labour making it even worse. A sharp decline in demand is imminent with the financial sector being in a freeze and incomes having shrunk for everyone, except for the small salaried class. Consumer sentiment and business outlook on recovery are bleak. While ensuring the free movement of essential goods and availability and safety of labour can mitigate the immediate disruptions in the supply chain, unclogging the financial sector and restoring optimism in the market will take time and heroic efforts from the government.

Abrupt Planning, Looming Hunger

Policy short-sightedness makes millions face the trade-off between the pandemic and starvation deaths.

Survival and Mobility in the Midst of a Pandemic

The working poor disproportionately bear the adverse impacts of the pandemic amidst the economic slowdown.

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