Opinion | The lockdown may be doing us more harm than good4 min read 30 Mar 2020, 10:48 PM IST
The idea’s bad implementation has put human lives at greater risk with health and livelihoods both at stake
Two weeks ago, in this column, I argued that India needs to significantly restrict travel and enforce social distancing through a shutdown combined with a universal basic income (UBI) or similarly designed non-means-tested direct cash transfer). I argued this knowing a shutdown would have dire economic consequences for the 275 million Indians below the poverty line and the 300-400 million who are vulnerable to economic stress as they are daily-wage earners or informal-sector workers.
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