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In the post-pandemic world, addressing inequality is key to sustaining growth and well-being. Discuss.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

3. In the post-pandemic world, addressing inequality is key to sustaining growth and well-being. Discuss. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article explains how in the post-pandemic world, addressing inequality is key to sustaining growth and well-being.

Key Demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the Pillars of an equitable Post-COVID India.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with current situation of Covid pandemic and its effects.

Body:

Firstly present the challenges of inequality in the country and explain how they have aggravated due to Covid situation. India’s middle class shrunk by a third due to the pandemic, while the number of poor people earning less than Rs.150 per day more than doubled. – Pew Research Report.

In the pre-COVID scenario: Following factors led to the rising inequalities even before the pandemic; slow economic growth, Presence of large informal sector, Prospects of K-shaped economic growth, gender impact etc.

Conclusion:

Suggest solutions to address the situation and emphasize on sustainable development.