Covid is taking an unequal toll on poor states3 min read . Updated: 22 Jun 2021, 12:35 AM IST
States such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have been able to generate very few industrial jobs relative to the size of their working age populations so far, and this imbalance may only widen in the coming years.
When covid-19 first struck India last year, the richer parts of the country bore the brunt of the viral attack. Unlike in the ongoing wave, the rural areas of the country were spared the worst of the pandemic. Hence, mobility levels and economic activity did not take as big a hit in overwhelmingly rural states such as Bihar and Odisha as they did in urbanized Gujarat and Maharashtra. This also reflects in the performance of key indicators across states over the past year. While economic activity weakened in all states, relatively poorer states took a less severe hit.