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Shock-proofing the economy: Quality jobs the best possible safety net

Since jobs will remain scarce for the foreseeable future, an unemployment allowance should be the next big social-security initiative, writes T N Ninan

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Indian Economy | Weekend Ruminations | Economic slowdown

T N Ninan 

T N Ninan

Crises in the used to be the “normal”. In the 12 years from 1962 to 1974, India fought three wars, suffered four droughts that produced in places like Bihar, and lived through the first oil shock, which saw a quadrupling of crude oil prices. The country also endured sustained double-digit inflation, which peaked at 26 per cent, and in 1966 had to devalue the rupee by 36 per cent. There were policy misadventures like the short-lived government takeover of the wholesale trade in foodgrains. Inevitably, given the context, there was political turmoil (a split in the ruling Congress) and protest movements: Massive labour strikes, the birth of Naxalism, and the movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan that resulted in the imposition of rule in 1975.

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First Published: Fri, March 11 2022. 20:04 IST
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