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Economy is recovering, job front set to look up soon: Abhijit Banerjee
Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee forecast a quick recovery for Indian economy and bright prospects on the job front, in his interview with ABP channel. He backed Mamata's funding of Durga puja committees to take care of covid expenses. Talking about coronavirus, he, an economist, said the local trains could run as they have better cross-ventillation, a simple fact that not many people bothered to observe! The fatal source of coronavirus transmission is closed space. The international flights dispersed the virus all over the world.

KOLKATA, Oct 22: Nobel laureate and noted economist Abhijit Banerjee has backed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's announcement of September 24 providing a grant of Rs 50,000 each to the Durga puja committees in the State for the festival. There are 36,946 community Durga puja committees in the State

Her Government had said that the organisers would need the additional amount to adopt COVID-19 safety protocols. However, the funding attracted criticism from several quarters and was also challenged in the Calcutta High Court.

"It is not a bad decision keeping in mind the additional expenditure by puja committees to implement safety measures," Abhijit Banerjee said in an interview to news ABP channel.

The Government had told the High Court that the grant is for "secular purposes" like buying covid safety equipment. But the court ordered that all Durga puja pandals in the State be declared no-entry zones to prevent the spread of covid.

Abhijit Banerjee also said during the interview that the Indian economy will fully recover in a year's time after the crippling pandemic-induced lockdown. He predicted good prospects on the employment front in the coming year.

"The pandemic has impacted the economy badly and safety from the infection is also important. However, I think in a year's time we will be able to recoup to a great extent helping an improved job market," Banerjee said.

Strangely enough, an economist, the Nobel laureate, did observe that transmission of coronavirus mostly occurs in closed space, and he batted for resumption of local trains in Kolkata as, he said, trains have better cross-ventillation.

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