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Mere growth in a sector doesn’t translate to benefits for workers -Mrinalini Jha and Rosa Abraham

-The Indian Express They also need direct transfers of cash and food, and livelihood support through employment guarantee programmes As the Indian economy reels from the devastating economic and health effects of two consecutive waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest estimates of the fourth quarter of financial year 2020-21 (January-March) brought some relief, at least for policymakers. The construction sector showed a 15 per cent increase in gross value added (GVA)...

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Six step to help poor women withstand crises -Gaurav Gupta In low-income families, women have faced far more vulnerabilities than men during the covid pandemic. These priority areas for intervention could form the backbone of a new resilience for them now and in future disasters, writes Gaurav Gupta. The large and disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women has highlighted the importance of anticipating their distinct needs and challenges, especially in times of crisis. Our study of 15,000+ women (see Part...

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Excess deaths in West Bengal 11 times official COVID-19 tally -Srinivasan Ramani

-The Hindu Difference seen in both first and second wave. The number of “excess deaths” registered by the Civil Registration System (CRS) in West Bengal ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit (from April 2020 to May 2021), was an estimated 1,20,227, which is 11.1 times the official reported figure of 10,787 deaths for the same period. Five districts — Darjeeling, Jhargram, Kalimpong, North 24 Parganas and Paschim Medinipur — were not considered for...

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Lessons from India’s food security response -Bishow Parajuli

-The Hindu Government measures to tackle the food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic were effective With a reduction in COVID-19 infections as the second wave weakens in India, it is important to focus on the pandemic’s disruptive impact on the food security and livelihoods of the poor and marginalised. The deadly virus has been around for two years and it is not clear as to how and when it will end. However, we...

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Why Is Kerala Reporting So Many More COVID-19 Cases Than Other Indian States? -Rijo M John The eyes of many experts and non-experts alike are currently on Kerala, as its COVID-19 case load has been increasing in increments far greater than any other state in India. The average number of daily new cases reached a low of 11,000 around the last week of June, 2021, and it has since been rising, albeit slowly, over the past two weeks. At the same time, the number of cases...

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