Lack of jobs or livelihoods

“Whatever your favorite kind of resistance is, it is likely to go into full bloom as you start making changes to your livelihood because this is an area that is linked with survival (our job is what pays our bills) as well as identity (our job is how we define ourselves). As a matter of fact, the more resistance you encounter, the more likely that you’re hitting paydirt in your transformational process.”
― Maia Duerr, Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood That Reflects Your Core Intention
With the spread of the coronavirus on the rise, jobs are slowly on the decline. Most jobs have been lately reducing work hours for employees. This indirectly means lesser salaries. This is being done in order to save money which is spent in order to pay the several employees in a company periodically. As the decline continues, nearly one in every two people lately suffer from the risk of losing their job. This data has been confirmed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). With passing months, the drop in work hours continue to become steeper than what was previously estimated with more and more people suffering. The extension of the lockdown period is a contributor to the effect of people losing their jobs. America has experienced a 12.4 percent drop in working hours as compared to the 11.8 percent in Europe and Central Asia. Other regional groups follow closely behind with numbers as high as 9.5 percent.
Billions of people have lost their source of livelihood due to the global pandemic. Several billions have suffered permanent damage. Mostly people working in the restaurant, entertainment and tourism industries have been hit the hardest. People who continue to have a source of income have experienced a significiant drop in the amount that they usually earn. Since there are little to no new jobs coming up, millions of people are dying due to lack of means to survive. The Government should work upon providing more jobs for the common people in order to maintain a strong financial backbone. Better allocation of resources and provision of aid to start-ups and small family-run business are in much need. People are also expecting schemes in order to help the poor and needy survive.
“This advice comes as a surprise: job searching is not joblessness; it is a job in itself and should be structured to resemble one, right down to the more regrettable features of employment, like having to follow orders–orders which are in this case self-generated.”
― Barbara Ehrenreich, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
The prolonged lockdowns in India, although very necessary, has greatly harmed the nation’s economy. It has lead to loss of jobs for millions of people, most of whom now possess no means to survive. With no means to stop the spread of the coronavirus, lockdowns were the only logical decision at that time in order to avoid the risk of infecting millions of people. Although the lockdown contributed to saving the lives of people, it had similar negatives effects due to the loss of jobs for many people. Thus saving people’s livelihoods is equally important. The call for action should be to strike a balance between lockdown and the preservation of livelihoods for millions. The lockdown also found millions of migrating workers far away from their home, deprived of work and shelter and no means of survival. The worst blow was dealt to the people who were in informal employment. The quality of healthcare for patients without COVID-19 saw a drastic decrease in the months leading to the lockdown.