Now that it has been decided that we have to live with the coronavirus for a long time, it is better to be scared, frightened, or shouted and deal with it with caution and start thinking about moving forward. It is clear from the way the cases of infection are coming out among the migrant laborers returning to the state that this chain is not going to stop at the moment.
In such a situation, with the necessary precaution, the state government should now gradually move towards opening lockdown. The situation could be explosive if the wheel of factories does not turn to full capacity soon. Already the unemployment rate in the state has reached 48 percent as against the national average of 24 percent.
Now the state may have to suffer for a long time due to a little dullness or delay in decision making. Now when it has been decided that we have to live with the coronavirus for a long time, then it will be afraid, panic.
It is better to fight than to deal with caution and now you should start thinking about moving forward. It is clear from the way the cases of infection are coming out among the migrant laborers returning to the state that this chain is not going to stop at the moment.
In such a situation, with the necessary precaution, the state government should now gradually move towards opening lockdown. The situation could be explosive if the wheel of factories does not turn to full capacity soon. Already the unemployment rate in the state has reached 48 percent as against the national average of 24 percent. Now the state may have to bear the brunt of a little dullness or delay in decision making.
The central government has announced a massive package of incentives for every category, including industries. The Prime Minister has also indicated that a lot would have changed in Lockdown-4. The trains have started operating limited.
There are indications that air tours will also start soon. In such a situation, indecision can be harmful to the state. Most of the cases which have come in the last week are migrant laborers. But the question is also that the process of return of laborers can continue for months, in such a situation how long can the state be kept closed? Hard decisions have to be taken now. This is a tough test for the coalition government, especially for Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
The history of the coalition governments of the state is not very pleasant. In such a situation, after every event, the market of discussions in the political corridor becomes hot. Such questions are being asked to the Chief Minister whether he can leave the Congress and join the BJP? The Chief Minister is commenting cautiously. He is also openly praising the Prime Minister's support at times amid allegations at the Center.
In the midst of these political circumstances, Hemant Soren, who is battling an epidemic, believes that exempting lockdown in Ramadan can be dangerous. The state-based task force is unable to take any decision on how to open the lockdown. After much chaos, the state government has thought it appropriate to wait for the central guidelines to come up. The state government is keeping an eye on the way the activities have started in many states, but is not able to take any decision. Perhaps he has no idea that if the situation of lockdown prevails by the end of May, there will be a livelihood crisis in front of millions of families. Industries are demanding a relief-stimulus package. The state government is looking at the center. The situation is that to fulfill their promise of waiving the loans of farmers, they are also now demanding money from the Center.
This is ridiculous. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi promised that it would be decided in the first cabinet. Of course, the decision was not correct at first, but later in the cabinet, but instead of eight thousand crore rupees, only two thousand crore debt waiver has been agreed. The condition of the farmers is pathetic. Former Chief Minister Raghuvar Das has raised the demand that the Chief Minister Krishi Aashirwad Yojana launched in his time should be implemented immediately. In this scheme, there was a provision to give up to five thousand rupees (maximum twenty-five thousand) per acre to the farmers. The state government has neither stopped the plan yet nor did it make any provision in the budget.
The central government has announced a large incentive package for small and medium-scale industries. There is hope among entrepreneurs of the state. The state government will have to provide the necessary facilities to them. Entrepreneurs are demanding that changes in labor laws should be made here like other states. It is not easy to get the business back on track without government support.
Just as the government is worried about the workers, it should also think about the entrepreneurs. The schemes the government is making to provide employment to these laborers can bring huge benefits in the long run, but immediate employment opportunities will arise only by the running of factories.