Opinion | Universalize food entitlements to avert hunger and aid growth
India’s high foodgrain stocks make this possible and New Delhi should use them to ease the crisis
It is difficult to predict the precise impact of the lockdown on the Indian economy. However, data released last week suggests that the lives and livelihoods of people are likely to be much more severely hurt than hitherto believed. Much of this data is based on a partial collection of statistics. Still, it is sufficient to show a sharp contraction in industrial activity during the lockdown. Considering that the economy was already on a downtrend before the covid crisis, with quarterly growth rates slowing down sharply, a recovery will be slow and painful.