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One time cash transfer, basic food supplies can tackle migrant problem

New Delhi: Two policy options a one-time cash transfer, and provision of basic food supplies per person from the public distribution system (PDS) for three months before some industrial activity restarts — can help tackle the migration labour problem, according to a report.

Tackling the migration labour problem is partly economic and partly administrative and the respective states would have to scale up testing and medical facilities to contain the spread of the pandemic, and immediately provide a one-time financial relief that can partly offset the wage loss, a joint report by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water and the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy said.

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