Will Bihar's Economy Rise to the Reverse Migration Challenge? -Santosh Mehrotra and Baikunth Roy

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published Published on Jun 23, 2020   modified Modified on Jun 24, 2020


Even if up to half of the returned migrants leave the state again, the question of how the rest will find gainful employment is both a political and economic issue.

One way of looking at India’s lockdown’s strategy was that it came too early, was the strictest of any country, and is now being done away with at a juncture when cases have not even peaked. The worst is still to come, both for citizens’ health and livelihoods.

What is also undeniable is that the initial lockdown strategy was badly mishandled by the state machinery. Millions lost their jobs immediately, a majority were stranded in slums, and a considerable chunk set off on their feet to return homes by road. In this horrific situation, 667 people lost their lives until May 24, according to one assessment.

The lockdown also sparked a catastrophic reverse migration crisis, the economic effects of which will start to be felt in the coming months.

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TheWire.in, 23 June, 2020, https://thewire.in/labour/bihar-economy-reverse-migration-challenge

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