The Coronavirus or Wuhan Virus (due to its place of origin) outbreak came to light on December 31, 2019, when China informed the WHO (World Health Organisation) of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause in Wuhan city in Hubie province.
The virus had been named COVID-19.
Although China is claiming the virus of an unknown origin, U.S. President Donald Trump has a theory that can’t just deny. According to Trump, the virus was originated in a lab and recently, India’s union minister, Nitin Gadkari also echoed the same.
A lot of things are exposed in this pandemic. Like WHO’s biasedness towards China, our dependency on China and last but not the least indeed, the oppressive rule of China and not sharing the information in time.
Now, talking exclusively about the impact of Corona in India; it can be seen broadly in:
- Indian Economy
- Migration and Deaths
Let’s dive into each one of these impacts briefly:
1) Indian Economy
According to the ICRA rating, the Indian economy likely to see only a 2% growth in 2021.
- A slowdown in domestic demand, erosion of purchasing power due to job losses or pay cut, etc.
- The high impact sectors in terms of risks on account of COVID-19 are hotels, restaurants, jewelry, retail, shipping ports & part services.
This Pandemic exposed Indian backwardness in the field of education via technology.
Although many online tutorials (private) are gaining popularity, but E-learning is far from government schools and colleges. Teachers in these Institutes are struggling really hard.
Another set back is if the subject is in Vernacular language.
People when in their age of cut through competition in every sector, now have the opportunity to relax and cherish time with family.
But the case is way different for laborers, small workers, and poor people. They are unemployed and bearing too many difficulties. Also, in India, the concept of social distancing is somewhat new which is eventually leading up these poor unintentionally breaking the laws (sometimes).
But there are people or communities which tend to break laws and meant to harm the law & order intentionally like Tablighi Jamaat.
4) Migrants and Deaths
During the lockdown, more than 300 deaths have occurred and these aren’t due to the virus but are a secondary cause of COVID-19.
Recently, 16 sleeping workers were run over by a train in Maharashtra as they were sleeping on the tracks.
Hunger and starvation also caused a farmer Gangadhar, who was 60-years-old, his life in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district. Due to the lockdown, he had incurred huge losses as not being able to sell his crop leads to his suicide, and trust me, there are a lot of such cases out there.
Other such cases include alcohol withdrawal symptoms, denial of timely medical care, lockdown related crimes, and incident like Vizag gas leak.
We have so far looked upon the consequences of Corona on India, now, we’ll focus on opportunities and the plan to tackle it.
Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)
Although it was launched in 2014, but new packages were announced by the government recently. They will provide 5kg of wheat or rice and 1kg of pulses every month and Rs. 500 will be credited to each Jan Dhan account holder.
Read more about it here.
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan)
Under this scheme, income support of Rs. 6000 per year will be provided to all the farmer’s families across the country in three equal installments of Rs. 2000 every four months.
Read more about it here.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana
Our Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman announced Rs. 1.70 lakh crore relief package under this scheme.
Read more about it here.
Indian launched Mision Sagar to assist island nations in the Eastern Indian Ocean. These countries include – Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, and Seychelles.
India will provide food items, medicines, and medical assistance. This will help India increase its influence and make nations more friendly.
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
It is a known fact that India has the talent and it can make the best products. All it needs to do is work on the supply chain to become Atmanirbhar (self-reliant).
P.M. Modi also gave a slogan
Vocal for the Local
i.e., to buy and promote local products and brands
An example of this initiative can be seen as the production of protective equipment, masks, and also ventilators.
It is also expected to support the middle class who pay their taxes on time.
Recently, Finance Minister announced various packages which include:
- Free food grain supply to migrants for 2 months
- Affordable Rental Housing Complex (ARUC) for migrant workers/urban poor.
One Nation, one ration card scheme
Ration cards are issued by state governments which means that people could get these food grains only from designated ration shops within the concerned state but with the scheme, migrant people can access and get food grains from any ration shops.
With challenges comes opportunity – in which Indian seems to be doing good.
With power comes responsibility – in which China, one of the most powerful nation had miserably failed!
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