yensoy wrote:At the high level things are going great - tough talk, tough action, clear lines, but a lot of people at the margins are getting crushed. Migrant labour wasn't given the time to reach their natives. If the intent was for them to not proceed to their natives (which is quite logical - we don't want to disperse the virus) this should have been clearly messaged.
I listened to Modi's speech. He said very clearly, migrant laborers, please don't think of going back to your native places. Stay where you are. You will be endangering your families and friends there. In so many words.
Did you have a more clear messaging in mind that he should have done?
Not much thought was put into how to house and feed these armies of people on whom our economy runs. Facilities should have been provided for them by the state administration, with prior announcements so they wouldn't try to cram into the few remaining trains and carry WuhanVirus to interior villages. Putting the onus on employers would also not be the right thing to do because (i) employers are themselves hurting and (ii) many of these labourers don't have steady employment and are working gigs, or with other contractors who are themselves migrants.
The states have the job of handling the supply chains of essentials for people. They will take some time to ramp up, once a rapid decision to get ahead of the stage 3 spread by a national shutdown was taken.(If it wasn't taken, I suppose we would be complaining that the government "dithered."). Rapid and bold decisions mean a tradeoff in preparation and setup time. Do we not understand this much?
I imagine that everyone in administration is working full-bore, 24/7, prioritizing and covering as much ground as they can cover, to the best of their ability. "Not much thought was put into xyz" is a vague & blanket allegation under these circumstances.
"Stay within your homes" seems a tad elitist - good for those of us who have steady and stable homes but doesn't work for all. A cousin got booted from a working womens hostel because they were asked to shut down. She has nowhere else to call home. (She got lucky with an alternative arrangement)
This is not a knock on the govt which has its own pressures, just an observation and reminder that there are a lot of unfortunate people out there in worse situations than our own so let's count our blessings.
I think we are all doing that (counting our blessings). It is a difficult time, and more vulnerable people will face more difficulties. Execution will be less than perfect, but evaluation depends on what the baseline expectation is. When I compare with what is being done by various branches of government in the USA, India is miles ahead in paying attention to the vulnerable sections of the population and those at the low end of the economic scale. There's no room for complacency, but random complaining, just because we may be in the habit of always complaining that India is useless, is certainly out of place.