he reality of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is now rushing on to us – a number of people are losing jobs, and are struggling to make ends meet. Though one can say that times are hard. We do not know when this will end. Whatever opportunities come our way amid the pandemic, we must maximize it to get through these challenging times. A bigger problem is that those who do get jobs and prosper do not appreciate the plight of those who do not. It is mistakenly believed that those who do not get good jobs are not worthy of getting them. The blame is placed at the door of the unemployed as if it is entirely their problem. Mainly there are three implications that emerge at the moment. The first is that unemployment has increased across India in all states and sectors. The second is that there is a dearth of jobs even among educated youth. The third thing is that there is no discernible pattern in the rise in unemployment in UT’s as well as states.
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Government should remember that unemployed youth, beyond a threshold, can lose hope of a job and can easily stray into becoming antisocial. Unemployment has been both structural and technological. This growth in unemployment is quite consistent with the overall growth in gross domestic product. The loss of low skilled jobs has been more than the creation of new jobs that require specific skills. Hence, there has been a rise in the number of the educated unemployed too. If this trend continues, unemployment will become the most important economic problem. No government can afford to ignore this trend. It must be realized that only claims cannot fill empty stomachs. As the significant health impacts of the pandemic are revealed, there’s a reality setting in for many Kashmiris, who are beginning to wonder how they will meet their day needs without any income. We can all hope that the financial impact of COVID-19 will subside, giving middle class families some subsidy to return to something more closely resembling normal.