‘53% T.N. households lost jobs amid lockdown’


A survey commissioned by the Tamil Nadu authorities to check the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the State’s economic system throughout March-Might has discovered that in 53% of the households surveyed, not less than one member had misplaced his/her job through the interval.

The job losses have been roughly evenly distributed between rural and concrete households.

In rural areas, 56% of households confronted this drawback, whereas the determine was 50% in city areas. Of the general determine of affected households (53%), 92% of rural households and 95% of city households had one or two members whose sources of livelihood had been affected through the three-month interval. Within the remaining 8% rural and 5% city households, three to 5 members had been affected.

Carried out by the Madras Institute of Improvement Research (MIDS) and the State Division of Economics and Statistics through the third week of June, the telephonic survey lined 10,031 households unfold throughout all districts of the State.

Referred to as the ‘Tamil Nadu COVID-19 Pulse Survey’, the train was aimed toward offering the federal government with quick and dependable information to assist design acceptable coverage measures for the mitigation of the adversarial impacts on key variables like work standing, efficacy of presidency monetary assist schemes and reverse migration.

Many of the affected individuals — 83.4% of family members — have been informal labourers, and couldn’t discover work. As a lot as 13.3% of members of households who belonged to the salaried class within the personal sector had misplaced their jobs.


As regards the Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Scheme (MGNREGS), 37% of rural households reported for work in February earlier than the pandemic broke out. Of them, about two-thirds — 64.68% — resumed work below the scheme in late April. This meant the remaining — 35.3% — weren’t “utterly reliant” on the scheme through the lockdown interval.

As regards lack of revenue, the survey revealed that 67% of the sampled households had skilled it. The break-ups of rural and concrete households have been 72% and 64%, respectively. To deal with the lack of revenue, 68% of households had availed themselves of presidency monetary help, whereas 52% had minimize expenditure.

A perusal of the common imply revenue confirmed that Chennai witnessed the sharpest fall — it went down from ₹18,996 in February to ₹9,757 in Might. Erode was among the many prime three districts, with the imply revenue fluctuating between ₹19,395 and ₹14,914. Ramanathapuram and Thanjavur have been on the backside of the desk.

The State’s common imply revenue figures various from ₹11,472 (rural) and ₹17,717 (city) in February to ₹6,522 (rural) and ₹11,337 (city) in Might.

As a lot as 8.19% of the households surveyed reported reverse migration. Of those that had returned to Tamil Nadu, 44.21% had labored in Karnataka and 22.11% in Kerala. By the point the survey was undertaken in late June, 23.19% of the returnees had gone again to their locations of labor.

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