The Pandemic Year: Lockdown pushes India’s poverty levels

A five-part series as India marks a year of the dreaded COVID-19 lockdown: We look at how the pandemic became a double burden for the poor in India

By DTE Staff
Published: Tuesday 30 March 2021

What was the effect of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown on poverty? The phenomenon of poverty increased not just in India, but across the globe.

In India, the worst-hit were daily wagers or people dependent on daily economic activity for earning. Nearly 400 million people in India are daily wage earners according to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and could have been severely affected by the lockdown and stoppage of economic activity.

Similarly, the World Bank has also estimated an additional 12.4 million Indians would fall below the poverty line. In a five-part series, Down to Earth discusses the effects of the lockdown on different sectors in India.

In the current episode, Hindi Down to Earth’s senior correspondent Raju Sajwan talks to Bhagirath Srivas, senior copy editor Down to Earth about how poverty increased and how the pandemic became a double burden for the poor in India. 

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