Covid-19: What can be done immediately to help vulnerable population -Reetika Khera
With over 80% of India’s workforce employed in the informal sector and one-third working as casual labour, Covid-19's spread and subsequent unplanned lockdowns, have created economic havoc in the lives of millions. In this post, Reetika Khera puts forward suggestions on what can be done to help people immediately, ranging from cash and in-kind assistance to special measures for migrants in urban areas and urgent health-related measures.
The spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), and subsequent unplanned lockdowns to control its further outbreak have created an economic havoc in the lives of millions who are part of the informal sector – not just daily wagers, but also the gig economy workers. According to the Employment-Unemployment Survey, 2015-16, over 80% of India’s workforce is employed in the informal sector; one-third are casual labourers.
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IdeasforIndia.in, 25 March, 2020, https://www.ideasforindia.in/topics/poverty-inequality/covid-19-what-can-be-done-immediately-to-help-vulnerable-population.html?fbclid=IwAR1KQxWiWv3BAPXqScmCWt7S1OXXeqw3ZRDarBIvmb6KS8zs49rEs1LVloY