India has moved decisively to combat this most fearsome of all threats that we are likely to see in our lifetimes. We really have no choice. We don’t have the capacity in our health care system or the testing equipment at any scale, and definitely not the PPE and ventilators so compulsory for fighting this battle. We had to try and stop this virus in its tracks. We have moved faster than almost every other country, locking down the entire nation overnight. It was dramatic, urgent and far-reaching. Yet unquestionably, this produced an impact that we should have anticipated and planned for. With over 80 per cent of our workforce in the informal sector without the luxury of immediate severance and unemployment benefits, many of them have no option but to head for the security of their villages and homes. Coupled with this, the impact on the entire MSME sector and related communities will be dramatic given the weak economy they were facing.
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First Published: Tue, April 07 2020. 23:34 IST