06 JUN,2021 | MEDC
The rural economy was a bright spot during the first wave of the pandemic. The agricultural sector is estimated to have grown by 3 percent during the last fiscal year despite the strong base of the year prior to that. However, this time it is different. The second wave has penetrated rural India, and even though infection ratesare falling, casualties are rising. Healthcare facilities in rural areas are not always up to the mark, and infection is often detected therein only when it has reached acute proportions. That accounts for the spiralling fatalities witnessed in the hinterland, and it is bound to reflect itself in the performance of the rural economy. Luckily, a good monsoon is predicted this year, but that may not be enough. The government needs to ensure that rural India gets its fair share of vaccination, and any hesitancy inreceiving the jab is adequately addressed. This will not only improve local economic conditions but will also encourage the return of migrant labour to their workplaces, thus boosting national growth.
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