Governance In Times Of Coronavirus
It is a hard reality that more than three lakh lives are lost worldwide. The economy is drooping and is going through one of the worst phases. People are losing jobs and with it their capacity to buy shrinks. Many businesses couldn’t make it through the lockdown, especially the small ones. Migrant workers baffled due to lockdowns struggling to reach back home. For many, the government aid like ‘Shramik Special Trains’ were their rides but many walked hundreds of kilometres and not every one of them could make it. Amidst all this havoc due to an unprecedented crisis — COVID-19 outbreak, governance has been challenging as never before, writes Adarsh Som of Elets News Network.
Drivers of the government, the policymakers and the executives are the bureaucrats. These are those background heroes who are working behind the desk, on-site to make the government work effectively. Elets Technomedia has been associated with many such IAS officers since its inception. However, considering the Corona crisis, India’s position has been quite stable when looked at some of the more developed countries. The country has also been praised for some of the bold steps taken, especially the nationwide lockdown, to control the spread of the virus. But it is important to know how these were implemented and how the Government of India managed a massive population of over 130 crore to stay indoors.
To stabilize the situation in the country and to make facilities available to the people as much as possible, keeping preventions in sight, the Government has announced various guidelines and measures. From social distancing, norms to free extra ration distribution to home delivery of essentials to AaarogyaSetu app for safety to tax rebates to telemedicine and the list goes on. However, to know ‘Governance in times of Corona’ it is important to know how all these measures came in action and what steps are being taken where? In an order to fetch answers to these, Elets interacted with some of the prominent policymakers and leaders in a series of webinars focusing on the COVID crisis and challenges in governance.