For some, the extended lockdown is a perfect time to revive old hobbies like stitching or collecting knick-knacks or cleaning the dust off books which they were contemplating reading for years. It is also the ideal time to try out new recipes as witnessed on social media. But for a large section of India’s population, this lockdown means losing livelihood and staring at a bleak future.
As the health crisis became worse towards the end of march, the Centre decided to impose a total lockdown across the country. Since then, two more extended lockdowns have followed. However, this is adversely affecting migrants, labourers, farmers among other vulnerable sections of India. The financial assistance under the flagship Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana has come as some sort of relief. The assistance is very negligible.
Meanwhile, as we witness a large migration of people from the urban to rural areas, the latter needs much more resources to help the migrants. Mere assurances are not enough. The need of the hour is to come out with a comprehensive package for these people in the post- corona world.