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Covid-19 impact: Planting seeds of hope

By Sivaramakrishna Sarma, Lekha Chakraborty & Vidya B Ramji

Extraordinary times require extraordinary policy responses. Fiscal stimulus measures have been announced to mitigate the economic disruptions from Covid-19. However, these were neither targeted nor sector-specific. Though Kerala has received international acclaim for “flattening the curve”, the clarion call for “unlock, unlock, unlock” has opened up the sector-specific challenges. The plantation sector in the state, though the second-highest provider of employment, is on the verge of a crisis and needs an urgent emergency policy response. Evidence is mounting that crisis will last much longer than a few months, and careful calibration ...

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