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A deep divide: Reverse migration may put ailing rural economy on ventilator. Here’s how to save it.

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A deep divide: Reverse migration may put ailing rural economy on ventilator. Here’s how to save it.

The pandemic-triggered reverse migration from cities can affect the nerve centres of the economy. An active population with a high marginal propensity to consume has been rendered jobless, and it will have a prolonged impact on the economy.
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Migrant workers board a truck to return to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on May 16, 2020. Getty Images
Migrant workers board a truck to return to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on May 16, 2020.
India does not live in its towns but in its villages — Mahatma Gandhi. Nobody has perhaps emphasised the importance of empowering India’s villages to help them achieve ‘swaraj’ as much as the father of our nation. But more than seven decades since he breathed his last, India remains a far cry from a country of strong, self-reliant
that has done some degree of experimentation with UBI — or a government guarantee that each citizen receives a minimum income enough to cover the basic cost of living. The model indeed faces huge implementation challenges. But then, these are unprecedented times and we may have to tread the path less travelled. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
India does not live in its towns but in its villages — Mahatma Gandhi. Nobody has perhaps emphasised the importance of empowering India’s villages to help them achieve ‘swaraj’ as much as the father of our nation. But more than seven decades since he breathed his last, India remains a far cry from a country of strong, self-reliant that has done some degree of experimentation with UBI — or a government guarantee that each citizen receives a minimum income enough to cover the basic cost of living. The model indeed faces huge implementation challenges. But then, these are unprecedented times and we may have to tread the path less travelled. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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