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Do the poorest Indians need self-reliance or a helping hand?

India's US$265b "Self-Reliance" financial stimulus package is impressive but does not do enough to help an estimated 80 million penniless and starving migrant workers.

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Migrant workers trying to return to their homes from distant workplaces where they laboured until the country went into lockdown.

THE theme of "self reliance" running through the Indian government's US$265 billion financial stimulus package is an excellent one, but its focus and possible outcome is debatable as its horizon is a long-term one. It is certain to be discussed for years to come.

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