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India's emergency aid package a timely one

But the US$22.5b kitty to provide food and cash to millions of the poorest may need a backup package if the country's lockdown is to be extended beyond 21 days.

India's migrant workers and daily-wage earners are returning to their villages en masse, with their city workplaces having shut down. With no incomes, they will need help.

INDIA has launched a timely emergency package worth US$22.5 billion to provide food and cash to millions of its poorest workers who are bearing the brunt of the 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at containing Covid-19 in the world's second most populous country.

Announced on March 26, the...

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