Almost 80 pc of income losses during first Covid wave incurred by private sector: Report

MUMBAI: Almost 80 percent of all income losses during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020 were incurred by the private sector in India, while in many other countries the entire loss was on respective governments, a report said on Wednesday.

While the Centre had announced a Rs 21 lakh crore Covid relief package, comprising 10 percent of the GDP, the actual financial support was only about 2 percent of GDP, as the rest was all credit-driven. "Almost four-fifths of all income losses during the pandemic in 2020 were incurred by the private sector in the country, while the government sector bore only about a fifth of the losses. "This is in stark contrast to Australia, Canada, and the US, where the government sector incurred all the losses and eventually ended up transferring net resources to the private sector," Motilal Oswal Financial Services analysts Nikhil Gupta and Yaswi Agarwal said.

 However, the private sector faced losses between 20 percent and 60 percent in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain, they added. The income losses incurred by the Indian government by far were the least at only about 20 percent, while it was 100 percent in the US and Canada. In Australia, the public sector loss said the report was 200 percent. Even in South Africa, the only other emerging nation included in the study, the government suffered all income losses. Within the private sector, while the fiscal support made up for more than lost household (disposable) income in Australia, Canada and the US, households in India and South Africa incurred 61- 68 percent of economic losses during the year.

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