With weak activity, people have started losing jobs. The crunch has started hitting people hard. May be, the Government employees, both Central and State have been getting their salaries and are probably safe, but the worst affected are the workmen in Private Industries and Institutions ( schools, colleges, temples etc), small businessmen, self-employed, small & medium traders, commission agents, casual workers and many of such wage earners.
Government has taken care of some Industries with the credit scheme. But what is the plan for the individuals categories as mentioned above? Are they meant to suffer?. How to reach money to the needy?. How can they be protected and ensured that they have enough atleast for basic necessities?. India could be worst affected in this sphere. Advanced countries have a system of unemployment dole and insurance facilities. Poor African countries don't care because welfare facilities are not so developed in those countries. South Asian countries have been able to contain the Pandemic spread due to their strict discipline and less density of population, and they have been able to revive their economic activity. So, in the world, different countries are affected differently.
Even in these worst times, Electricity charges, mobile bills, broadband charges, Cable & TV subscriptions, rentals, cost of home consumption have not reduced. In fact, there may have been an increase!!. Basically the outgo is static. Only rations have been announced and obtained free which benefits Below Poverty Families. For Middle income groups, making up a large majority, this is a paltry consolation.
Such hardships can lead to social unrest. God knows how long this Pandemic is going to last!. I foresee very tough times ahead. Is sharing of income possible from rich to the needy?. Or somebody can come up with some bright idea as to how the wealth can be shared? Atleast for the time being, till we are able to see the back of this Pandemic. Very frankly, Government has to do more. more
However that's going to increase the tax rates and further burden the middle class..
The upper class have their CA to save on tax by hook n crook
The lower class aka the vote bank know their vote power, and hence do get to get the benefits of govt largesse, financed by other 2 classes.
Govts need to understand that the middle class should be supported properly, at least the retired people, else the coffers for the lower class (and maybe for most of the upper class) would dry up. more
they are not allowed to move out & hence no one is ready to employ them .
Hence they are in a Dilema. May be some Bright Idea as Gandhiji"s Charkha may work
... Online Simple Jobs , Out sourcing ; or Data Sorting some such work "? May be.as no one is ready to employ them .
Tax Slab category in which they fall more
Forget a social unrest on this issue, we the middle class will always be at the mercy of our rich employers and the inefficient politicians whom we vote to power.
The whole country and the economy is in a bad shape due to the narrow minded approach by responsible people in our society. more
I has a serious idea. Let govts give guarantee on the contribution of upper middle class(tax free bonds) along with little higher rate of interest for fixed periods of 6months to 2 years in steps. Govt will get support to be used in medical and other aids. Little higher outgo of govts would be adjusted later in the form of additional taxes. Some schemes for lower middle can be floated in states. Govt will have power to return money in between if the situation eases. more