All stories by Mahesh Vyas
India faces a loss of 19.6 million jobsRediff.com4 days ago
While many of the lost jobs will come back, the current loss is huge and its impact on the households that have suffered because of this cannot be captured in the comfort that jobs will come back eventually, observes Mahesh Vyas.
Economic Recovery can't be taken for grantedRediff.com14 Jul 2021
The fall in urban sentiments in June is worrisome, observes Mahesh Vyas.
Accelerated vaccination best bet for economic recoveryRediff.com2 Jul 2021
Only vaccinations can eliminate the threat of new waves, help raise sentiments and allow sellers and buyers to participate aggressively in the much awaited economic recovery, observes Mahesh Vyas.
The Grim State of Household IncomesRediff.com24 Jun 2021
In the week ended June 6, only 2.3 per cent of the households reported that their incomes were higher than a year ago. This was the lowest-ever proportion of households reporting an increase in income in any week, reveals Mahesh Vyas.
India has lost 25.3 million jobs since JanuaryRediff.com17 Jun 2021
Employment fell by 2.5 million in February, 0.1 million in March, 7.4 million in April and then by 15.3 million in May, explains Mahesh Vyas.
Can the RICH BAIL OUT the Economy?Rediff.com11 Jun 2021
Recovery of the Indian economy depends to a great extent on acceleration in the spending of these relatively richer households, explains Mahesh Vyas.
SCARY! Double-digit unemployment returnsRediff.com2 Jun 2021
May 2021 will end with double-digit unemployment rate, falling employment rate and substantial loss of employment, points out Mahesh Vyas.
India lost 3.4m salaried jobs in AprilRediff.com19 May 2021
The cumulative loss of salaried jobs since the pandemic is even larger at 12.6 million, reveals Mahesh Vyas.
Migrant crisis to job cuts, fear is back too soonRediff.com27 Apr 2021
Governments seem to be a lot more wary of imposing a draconian lockdown this time. Some lessons seem to have been learned. So, it may be fair to assume that these lockdowns will do less harm. But they will hurt the recovery process, which is still incomplete, warns Mahesh Vyas.
Why we should avoid a fresh lockdownRediff.com7 Apr 2021
'The cost of the lockdown so far is the loss of about 11 million jobs.' 'It is important that a fresh lockdown does not make this worse,' asserts Mahesh Vyas.
Why are More Women Jobless?Rediff.com25 Mar 2021
Indian women have education, inspiration and perspiration -- but not enough employment, points out Mahesh Vyas.
Economy is recovering, not EmploymentRediff.com16 Mar 2021
The return of the unemployment rate to pre-lockdown times is not worth celebrating because it is more a reflection of a shrinking labour force than a decline in the count of the unemployed, observes Mahesh Vyas.
Employment: Glad tidings from JanuaryRediff.com3 Mar 2021
January 2021 more than recovered the loss of employment of the past three months, notes Mahesh Vyas.
Why households are unhappy with the BudgetRediff.com23 Feb 2021
The finance minister did very well for equity market investors but not so with families, reveals Mahesh Vyas.
Not a Budget for EmploymentRediff.com12 Feb 2021
It is important to increase employment in general. It is even better to increase good quality jobs. Strategically, it is important to move people from farms to factories to improve overall labour productivity. It is important to improve job opportunities for women, for urbanites and for the educated. The Budget does not contain ideas to do any of this, points out Mahesh Vyas.
Why does the FM ignore JOBS issue?Rediff.com8 Feb 2021
The Economic Survey will remain a documentation of the government's resolve to not recognise the severe stress on the labour markets and on the livelihoods of Indian households arising out of the pandemic and the consequent lockdown, observes Mahesh Vyas.
20-somethings account for 80% job lossesRediff.com29 Jan 2021
Those who lost jobs in December were women, graduates, post graduates, salaried employees, observes Mahesh Vyas.
SCARY! Huge increase in unemploymentRediff.com19 Jan 2021
The count of the unemployed mounted to 38.7 million in December 2020 compared to 27.4 million in November, registering a massive increase of 11.3 million, reveals Mahesh Vyas.
Corporate India cut wages amid soaring profitsRediff.com7 Jan 2021
The cut in wages by companies whose operations were not shut by the lockdown was more likely opportunistic than out of business compulsions to survive the lockdown. If this is true, then it is worth wondering what kind of opportunism was this? Was it to make a quick buck or was it to use a crisis to engineer a structural change that was necessary, asks Mahesh Vyas.
No Country for Young Working WomenRediff.com29 Dec 2020
'By November 2020, men recovered most of their lost jobs, but women were less fortunate: 49 per cent of the job losses by November were of women.' 'The recovery has benefited all, but it benefited women less than it did men,' notes Mahesh Vyas.