Nor­mal­ity Still Elu­sive

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Not MucH HAS HAP­PeNeD iN tHe two-wHeeler worlD oN Ac­couNt of tHe na­tion­wide lock­down in the wake of the pan­demic out­break. Some of the man­u­fac­tur­ers have started limp­ing back to pro­duc­tion ac­tiv­ity af­ter be­ing al­lowed 30 per cent of their work­force. Al­low­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ers to start ac­tiv­ity is like al­low­ing a part of the chain to func­tion. the rest is still un­der lock­down and it does not make sense if they can­not get the com­po­nents to com­plete the bikes. even if they do man­u­fac­ture bikes, they can­not sell them be­cause the deal­er­ships are still un­der lock­down.

Ad­mit­tedly, we are not ex­perts on econ­omy or health, but what is hap­pen­ing dur­ing this lock­down is that it looks as if no­body knows the di­rec­tion in which we are headed with the num­ber of coViD-19 cases on the rise by the day. it ap­pears that we are go­ing to be un­der a per­ma­nent lock­down if this num­ber keeps ris­ing. As of now, no one knows when the gov­ern­ment is likely to lift the lock­down. the econ­omy was al­ready head­ing south be­fore the virus hit us and now we are headed to­wards a re­ces­sion. ra­jeev Bajaj is the only in­dus­tri­al­ist who has the courage to call a spade a spade on the na­tional tele­vi­sion. i wish we had more in­dus­try lead­ers like him. By the time the gov­ern­ment de­cides to lift the lock­down, most small busi­nesses will have to shut shop and the re­lief pack­age has noth­ing for the auto in­dus­try or to pro­mote sales by re­duc­ing the GSt. what sense does it make to clas­sify two-wheel­ers as lux­ury goods and slap 28 per cent GSt on them?

Dur­ing the fourth lock­down we were sup­posed to see a cer­tain eas­ing of the re­stric­tions, but no such luck so far. in fact, Pune is still un­der a full lock­down. even af­ter eight weeks there is still no re­lief for the mi­grant work­ers. it breaks my heart to see all the poor peo­ple ― men, women, and chil­dren ― walk­ing hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres to­wards their na­tive vil­lages in this scorch­ing sum­mer heat.

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