Abhijit Banerjee insists on Giving Temporary Ration Cards and Bigger Stimulus Package

After coronavirus lockdown, Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee said that in situations like the one created by the pandemic, a nationalized Aadhaar card has been beneficial for migrant workers given them access to free ration. The introduction of a temporary ration system for those in need and a suspension of other ration cards is needed for time being.

by Kavitha

Updated: May 05, 2020 13:49 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Abhijit Banerjee - Rahul Gandhi

Abhijit Banerjee to Rahul Gandhi on Covid-19 said that the migrants need a Temporary Ration Cards, Bigger Stimulus Package in order to run their life after corona diseases. The Congress party tweeted a 1.44-minute clip from their conversation and the full interview was released on Wednesday. They discussed the coronavirus pandemic and its economic implications with former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan. The government needed a mechanism with which the Centre would transfer the money to state governments.

The states should be given the freedom to manage the lockdown but the present government at the Centre held a different view.

Banerjee said, "We have done a wise thing which is put a moratorium on debt payments. We could do a bit more – maybe permanently cancel it for that quarter. I think spending is the easiest way to revive the economy. A direct cash transfer – whether it's to the poorest people – that is debatable. Targeting is extremely costly. I think it needs to be broader. We need to put money in the hands of people."



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