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The paper — titled ‘Pandemic, Poverty, and Inequality: Evidence from India’ — disputed an earlier study that claimed 75 million people were pushed into poverty in 2020 because of Covid-led disruptions

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On Wednesday, a report examining the state of inequality in India, prepared by the Institute for Competitiveness, was released by the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. The report is firmly grounded in the economic literature on inequality and poverty in India, as well as in the multi-dimensional nature of inequality. It clearly explains how inequality is subject to considerable social and geographic variation, and that there are specific marginalised groupings that require greater attention. The main thrust of the report’s policy recommendations, however — that any solution to inequality “lies in redistributive measures and building economic resilience among

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First Published: May 19 2022 | 11:40 PM IST

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