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More than 41 lakh people lost their jobs in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What about the middle class lost their jobs and the poor became houseless. Strings of people lost their jobs as companies did cost cuttings. People jumped to headlong decisions and housemaids were ordered to leave their jobs as most people were terrified of the virus attack. But no one thought about them. This pandemic caused many people to live below the poverty line to starve to death. Hospitals are having no enough beds for coronavirus patients. People are dying inside the washrooms. Their bodies are being laid in the toilets and there is no one to carry them away. Many people have gone into depression and are in the way to commit suicide. Authorities are only concerned that no one dies due to coronavirus but what about the people dying due to starvation, debts on their heads, no money, and so on. Most people in India do not have job security. The hotel industry has faced much reduction as to maintain hygiene, people are making food on their own and are dodging their visits to restaurants. India is now the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. It ranks just behind the U.S. and Brazil in confirmed cases and is growing faster than either. It’s looking increasingly likely that India will wind up being the country with the most cases in the world. This is not just a function of its massive population; China, too, has over 1 billion people. It is a reflection of the fact that big, diverse countries are at a disadvantage in dealing with pandemics. The prolonged lockdown along with rain and hailstorm in many regions has heightened rural distress, pushing anxious villagers to moneylenders — a situation which farm leaders say can trigger agitations and suicides unless farmers get quick relief. The disruption in wholesale markets and transportation hurdles have ravaged the rural economy. Farmers are chopping orchards, plowing blooming fields of flowers, and selling produce at throwaway prices. If the government does not help, farmers will not be able to survive through this disaster. The coronavirus lockdown has been a testing time for all of us. However, some have faced more difficulties than the rest of us. These include the elderly, daily wagers, low-income families, frontline workers, and the police. Many have faced a shortage of food supplies and many have gone through the anxiety of staying away from their families. According to a report, employment prospects for youth in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged due to the pandemic. Youth (15-24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and risk-bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs. In India, two-thirds of firm-level apprenticeships and three-quarters of internships were completely interrupted during the pandemic. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, youth in Asia and the Pacific faced challenges in the labor market. In 2019, the regional youth unemployment rate was 13.8 percent, compared to three percent for adults; and more than 160 million youth (24 percent of the population) were not in employment or education. The pre-crisis challenges for youth are now amplified since Covid-19 hit. Without sufficient attention, our fear is that these risks creating a ‘lockdown generation’ that could feel the weight of this crisis for many years to come. This pandemic is really depleting our economy and the conditions of people.
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