All may not be hunky-dory yet but the Covid year may have had a few positives

FY21 very simply stands as a debacle 12 months on all counts. Even the God-fearing say there was foul play by the almighty!

Here is an try at recapping the important thing happenings within the final 12 months:

Covid-19 and its mammoth affect on lives will no surprise be the primary line. Its related impacts on livelihoods and jobs comply with as an in depth second.

And the next comes out with out an excessive amount of debate on the monetary affect of the pandemic:

  • Enormous loss in GDP globally, and India
  • Loss in worldwide commerce
  • A stretched monetary scenario inside the economic system; corporates and People alike
  • A big accumulation of debt
  • Accentuating fiscal pressure

Whereas the final quarter introduced in a ray of hope on the upcoming restoration – each in India and overseas, there have been threats of the mutant variant of the virus dislodging the identical. The second waves of such pandemics in historical past have on many events confirmed as extra deadly in comparison with the primary ones.

Thus, all is probably not hunky-dory but.

The MPC is not going to have a straightforward coverage overview this week, with development getting derailed, inflation lurking increased — and a sticky core, persisting provide points and better imported costs. On this atmosphere, whereas preserving the ‘accommodative’ stance intact seems to be an apparent transfer, the medium-term problem will probably be to maneuver the time period charges in an atmosphere marked with growing rates of interest, probably growing inflation and not-as-high-as-expected development.

To all above, we could add the possibly mundane stuff. The large shift in our day by day routines, diminished bodily exercise, no bodily education for kids, diminished social interplay and journey, have been the causes for nervousness and trauma for a lot of.

Every certainly one of us could add our personal few ache factors to it and hopefully, there will probably be an finish to the sob story. What doesn’t get captured above is what has modified for the constructive by this episode.

Going again in historical past, the Black Demise pandemic in Europe that lasted for over 5 years within the 14th century and took between 75 million and 200 million lives could have been the trigger for the onset of Industrial Revolution within the western nations of Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The large lack of lives resulted in a major lack of assets within the type of labour, resulting in a surge in wages in these nations. This proved to be a catalyst for a big migration from the farm to the cities, thus shifting these economies from an agri- to manufacturing mode. Additional, the massive prices owing to excessive wages and the necessity to decrease them introduced within the want for these corporations to mechanise, and thus the onset of industrialisation.

Now, again to our personal time, FY21 has unexpectedly positioned every certainly one of us within the innovation zone: from children to adults, and from gardeners to CEOs.

The large bandwagon of the transfer from workplace premises to work-from-home protocols is the obvious consequence. It not solely has the potential to carry down the prices, however has additionally created nice room to stability one’s function at workplace and at residence on a person degree.

The 12 months noticed numerous speak on bitcoin and the way its worth has rallied. However what has not been noticed as a lot are the super efforts the central banks are making to drift digital currencies of their very own. Whereas China is leagues forward, European nations are engaged on a central financial institution digital forex (CBDC), and the RBI can also be drawing the map on that entrance.

It is not going to be of shock if a lot earlier than we exit the last decade, the central financial institution liquidity assertion could have a line merchandise on digital forex in circulation, and it may very well be at the price of forex in circulation (laborious money)!

Whereas demonetisation noticed plenty of small worth funds shifting from money to digital modes, the Covid-19 pandemic has bolstered it, thus probably casting the online wider on the monetary inclusion entrance.

To the above, we will add the numerous variety of progressive measures introduced by the federal government and the RBI as a part of their deliberate developmental efforts: 24/7 NEFT and RTGS transactions, the Netting Invoice, and the numerous variety of measures taken to deepen our monetary markets to call just a few.

The pandemic, and its challenges, are usually not but over however neither are the alternatives it presents.

(Lakshmanan V, Senior Vice President, Federal Financial institution. Views are his personal)

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