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Post at: Jul 15 2021

Decoding Inequalities During COVID Pandemic

INTRODUCTION

Crisis lay bare the social fault lines of society. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great leveler as it has affected everyone irrespective of their social & economic status.
But race, gender, age education has affected vulnerable to COVID-19. Hence it brought inequalities on several fronts during COVID-19 pandemic.

ORIGIN OF COVID-19

COVID-19 was first reported from Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019. However, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Kerala, India which have impacted a lot to public at large & reasoned for inequalities.

ISSUES

  • Oxfam Report says pandemic served super –rich.
  • OxfamReport claims – India’s 100 top billionaires increased their wealth by nearly Rs. 13 lakh crores during the pandemic.
  • It hit the poorest in the informal sector

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INDIAN SOCIETY

The report documents (Oxfam report) how the most vulnerable suffered the most on:

CHALLENGE

  • Adverse effect on the childhood malnutrition.
  • Informal sector worst hit by pandemic.
  • Chronic distress & mental health issues.
  • Poor became poorer & rich became super-rich.
  • Worst hit to unskilled workers who had reliance on daily wager for survival.

HOW TO TACKLE INEQUALITIES

  • Government should take specific and concrete actions at every stratum of the society.
  • Special tax on superrich like, Argentina has done recently.
  • Take policy decisions to expand its public healthcare. 
  • Vaccination should be at higher speed.
  • Investment in safety net to ensure the poor don’t suffer (Scheme like Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana)

CONCLUSION

Government should think beyond the fiscal measures to tackle with the inequalities sketched by the COVID-19. and the super-rich ought to give the charity for the well-being of the humanity.

Amit Gupta
 

 


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