Leading economists and activists of the country have come together to propose
Leading economists and activists of the country have come together to propose a seven-point plan of action to deal with the economic and humanitarian crisis brought about due to Covid-19.
Calling the action plan ‘Mission Jai Hind’, the experts on Friday recommended that the government provide free health care for all Covid-19 patients, along with a three-month interest waiver on loans taken by farmers, small business and homebuyers, apart from enhancing job guarantees.
Economists behind the 7-point charter include former Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen, Former Chief Economic Advisor Deepak Nayyar, R Nagaraj, from the Indira Gandhi Insititute of Development Research, Prof Pranab Bardhan, and Jean Drèze, among others.
Social activists Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha, Ganesh Devy, EAS Sarma, Harsh Mander, Nikhil De, Admiral Ramdas, Lalita Ramdas, and Yogendra Yadav, among many others, also endorsed the plan.
To raise resources for these initiatives, the action plan asked the…