Economic Activities Revived With Phased Unlocking Since June 1: Government
Visitors sanitize their hands next to a display of mannequins wearing protective masks at the Ambience Mall in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Economic Activities Revived With Phased Unlocking Since June 1: Government

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The government on Wednesday said with the phased unlocking of the Indian economy, high frequency economic indicators like PMI manufacturing, index of eight core industries, kharif sowing and power consumption have recovered since June 1.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in the Rajya Sabha that the strict lockdown, first announced on March 24,was effective in containing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

"With the phased unlocking of the Indian economy since June 1, 2020, high frequency economic indicators like PMI Manufacturing, index of eight core industries, E-way bills, Kharif sowing, power consumption, railway freight, cargo traffic and passenger vehicle sales have recovered and indicate growing convergence with previous year's activity levels," he said in a written reply to a question.

Rai said the lockdown helped the country in bringing down the growth rate of the infection and reduced transmission of the contagious disease.

This had a direct impact on reduction in case load, morbidity and mortality. In addition, the slowing down of the pandemic helped the country in augmenting its health infrastructure, he said.

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