Partha Pratim Mitra

Partha Pratim Mitra

About Partha Pratim Mitra

The writer is a retired Indian bureaucrat who worked in the labour ministry

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COVID-19 and the world of work: Contours of policy design for South Asia

The distribution of the COVID-19 package across countries of the South Asian region shows that India has been one of the largest beneficiaries but the per capita package is lower than the Maldives and Bhutan due to the smaller population of these countries, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

As South Asia battles COVID-19, time for strengthening regional trade connectivity

Experts feel that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about new opportunities for regional cooperation in South Asia with the setting up of an emergency fund of $10 million to fight the pandemic with India's initiative, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

India's COVID-19 stimulus package: Will it revive the economy?

There seems to be a strong argument that the singular focus of the stimulus package should have been a fiscal stimulus, which would have increased public spending in physical or human capital, raised money in the hands of residents by direct cash transfers and subsidies and provided safety nets like job guarantee and unemployment benefits,…

Lessons from Cyclone Amphan: Need to rethink development strategy

The question that arises uppermost is that are we learning the right lessons from these recurring weather episodes or just concentrating  on immediate short-term disaster relief without taking any steps to make the regions ecologically sustainable and disaster resistant, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

Universal Basic Income is answer to the migrant labour crisis

With livelihoods suddenly coming to an end due to the lockdown, the option left for the migrant workers was to make a hasty retreat to their home towns. The presence of some form of Universal Basic Income (UBI) could have mitigated their uncertainties to a certain extent, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

Visakhapatnam gas leak: Need for stricter enforcement of labour laws

While in these difficult times when there is a need for more workers' protection,  relaxation of labour laws may not be in the overall interest of workers and there is a need for a rethink on the entire issue, particularly after incidents such as the Visakhapatnam gas leak,  writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

Strengthening of rural institutions a must to revive economy

The economic discourse in India in a little over two months has changed from one of confidently steering the economy through investment and consumption measures to one of the stimulus packages for the needy and the vulnerable by government and liquidity infusion by RBI for businesses and jobs to survive, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for…

Future of work: Need to address widening mismatch between skill, academic training and employment

Devising a strategy to help close the digital skills gap should be a key focus for all businesses during the next decade and beyond, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor

Reviving the Indian economy: The vulnerable must be kept on policy radar

After relinquishing the post of Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India in July 2018, Arvind Subramanian has now come out with his book, 'Of Counsel' (Penguin, Viking)

Need for India to have a sound policy regime: Role of advisers is crucial

When the first COVID-19 case came to public notice in India in January this year, questions in concerned quarters have been raised as to why did it take almost two months to prepare for lockdown and that too with a notice of a few hours to leave many citizens unprepared and more so the migrant and the poor, writes Partha Pratim Mitra …

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Mental health, suicide prevention needs greater attention during pandemic: WHO

With the COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating and impacting people in multiple ways, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday called upon countries in the South-East Asia region to pay…

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Indian paramilitary to induct transgender officers

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