Economic Policy in Covid-19 Times
P. G. Babu
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Economic Policy in Covid-19 Times reflects on the immediate impact of Covid-19 on the lives, livelihoods, and policies in Tamil Nadu, one of the states most affected by Covid-19 in the country and records it for posterity. It contributes to the public debate surrounding Covid-19 and its aftermath by suggesting short- to medium-term measures in the state’s post-pandemic socio-economic policy, which could help to mitigate the disastrous effects of the pandemic.

The authors have drawn on their long experience to offer a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu economy and society. This volume discusses potential policy reforms in the MSME and agriculture sectors, including the recently repealed Farm Acts, the macroeconomic scenario in the wake of Covid-19, and issues of migrant and informal labour. The authors also analyse environmental markets and Tamil Nadu’s highly successful marine fisheries sector, the Tamil book-publishing industry, the tourism sector, and industrial clusters in the state, and suggest means of revival and opportunities for employment generation. The issue of food security, affordable housing and infrastructure development post–Covid-19, and the role of the state and Panchayati Raj Institutions to aid social development are also examined.

Timely and informative, this volume will be of interest to policymakers, think tanks, and academic audiences. Its lucid prose will also attract the informed public, eager to understand the changing socio-economic milieu during these exceptionally trying times.

P. G. Babu is Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), Chennai and Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai (on leave).

Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), founded in 1971 by Malcolm S. Adiseshiah, is a social science institution involved in research, teaching, and training on development issues of India from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a special focus on Tamil Nadu. Since 1977, MIDS is a national institute funded jointly by the Government of India through Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the Government of Tamil Nadu. The present volume is part of the golden jubilee celebrations (2021–22) of MIDS.

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Publishers’ Acknowledgements

1. Introduction
Economic Policy in Covid-19 Times
P. G. Babu

Section I—Macroeconomic Scenario

2. Pre– and Post–Covid-19 Macroeconomic Scenarios for India
Shesadri Banerjee
3. Employment and Covid-19
Trends and Issues in Tamil Nadu
P. G. Babu, Vikas Kumar and Poonam Singh

Section II—Agricultural Policy Reforms
4. Reforms in the Agriculture Sector in the Post–Covid-19 Era
L. Venkatachalam
5. Irrigation in Tamil Nadu Pre– and Post–Covid-19 Eras
K. Sivasubramaniyan
6. Reforms in the Farm Acts
Agriculture Markets
P. G. Babu, A. Ganesh-Kumar and Chandan Kumar

Section III—Environmental Markets and Policy
7. Environmental Reforms in Tamil Nadu  after Covid-19
P. Durairasu and L. Venkatachalam
8. Covid-19 and Tamil Nadu’s Marine Fisheries Sector
Ajit Menon and Maarten Bavinck

Section IV—Trade and Industry
9. Why Assemble in Tamil Nadu?
Ideas from Trends in Global Trade
C. Veeramani and P. G. Babu
10. Sustaining Industrial Clusters in Tamil Nadu for Employment Generation
Some Policy Lessons from Tiruppur
M. Vijayabaskar
11. The Tamil Book-Publishing Industry and the Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic
A Note
A. R. Venkatachalapathy
12. Measures to Revive the Tourism Sector in Tamil Nadu after the Covid-19 Pandemic
Krishanu Pradhan
Section V—Labour
13. Covid-19 and Migration
The Experience of Tamil Nadu
K. Jafar and A. Kalaiyarasan
14. Protecting Livelihood, Health, and Decency of Work
Paid Domestic Workers in the Time of Covid-19
S. Anandhi and E. Deepa

Section VI—Infrastructure Development
15. Infrastructure Development Post Covid-19
PPP Contracts and Design Issues
P. G. Babu and Chandan Kumar
16. Affordable Housing in Chennai and 227Some Notes on Post-Pandemic Prospects
Karen Coelho and A. Srivathsan

Section VII—Local Governance and Social Development
17. Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Dealing with the Covid-19 Crisis
Kripa Ananthpur
18. Covid-19 Pandemic and Social Protection in Tamil Nadu
Need to Strengthen a Life-Cycle Approach
Gayathri Balagopal and M. Vijayabaskar
19. Food Security in the Covid-19 Era
Umanath Malaiarasan

Notes on the Contributors

1. Book review | Published in the Indian Economic Review, 30 November 2022.
2. Book Review | Published in The Hindu, Chennai, 3 August 2022.
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