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[The first part of this paper dealt with the impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on agricultural production, markets and public procurement. In the second part, we deal with the crisis of rural employment.]
Lack of preparation by the Central government for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a massive blow to India’s economy and has caused enormous hardships to working people of the country.
The economic stimulus package initially announced by the Prime Minister, with more details being spelt out by the Finance Minister over a series of press briefings, is claimed to have a size of nearly Rs. 20 lakh crores or 10 percent of the country’s GDP.
In the coming days, as the pandemic unfolds, the Left movement will be strengthening its fight against this disastrous handling of the pandemic, as also the centralization of power that is now a threat to India’s Constitution.
The already distressing agrarian situation has been turned disastrous, forcing uncalled-for suffering on farmers and agricultural workers with especially adverse effects on harvesting and marketing of Rabi crops in Haryana
The operational details of the nationwide lockdown for 21 days from 25.03.2020 are spelt out in the Guidelines annexed to the Order No. 40 -3/2020-DM-I (A) of the Ministry of Home Affairs dated 24.03.2020. The following highlights some of the problems that are likely to ensue and the significant...
Early last month, mainstream media gave glowing accounts of how PM Modi had personally taken charge of the economy, working from morning till night, meeting CEOs of India’s biggest companies, wealth fund managers, economists etc.
A recent analysis of official data reveals that workers in India across all types of occupations have been suffering a deadly squeeze on their incomes as inflation adjusted wages have been barely increasing, or even declining for the past several years.
In the Union Budget presented before Parliament on 1 February 2020, a vivid and shocking picture of how the Modi led BJP government has destroyed India’s economy emerges.
This year’s Budget was presented in the backdrop of a widespread Economic Slowdown with even RBI’s GDP estimate for this fiscal year at 5% and the veracity of these numbers are in serious question, unemployment at multi-decade highs and severe agrarian crisis.