Reopening the economy

01 JUN,2020 | MEDC


 

The lockdown continues unabated and a lot of the migrant labour has gone home. Whether they return or not depends on many factors, most of which are still shrouded in uncertainty. However, this is a unique opportunity for the government to focus on infrastructure development in rural areas, where much of the migrant labour could be gainfully absorbed. India’s lopsided development model has created a huge influx to the cities along with rising inequality. Urban infrastructure is heavily overburdened and it is now worthwhile giving a big push to long-term rural development strategies (including agriculture and MSMEs). Restructuring much of India’s physical infrastructure is imperative, and understanding the dynamics of migrant flows will help optimize it. Reopening the economy will be harder than shutting it down, and this is our chance to mould it to India’s socioeconomic advantage.

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