In continuation with the ongoing discussions on the Rural Realities around the country, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), Kerala organized a Panel Discussion on “Rural Realities |Kerala | Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave in Indian Villages” on May 20, 2021, as the second wave of coronavirus pandemic is engulfing the length and breadth of our country, India, and hitting the heartland of our country which is the rural areas.
The IMPRI team informed the discussion by locating for the event participants the situation of COVID 19 in India and Kerala. The team also provided an insight into the geography and Socio economic conditions of the state. The rationale was to provide the participants with an overview of the state of Kerala.
Community Resilience: Strong Health and Social System
Dr. Dilip Diwakar Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Central University of Kerala commented that Kerala has strong social system with acts providing strength to Dalits and tribal people. Kerala also has strong health system and with convergence of strong social system and health system Kerala state is resilient in addressing various catastrophic situation.
Talking about pandemic he highlighted that till June 2020 the state was able to work in best possible ways but when state failed to receive required support from the center its condition worsen, that was the time Kerala opened up various sectors for livelihood of people which led to increase in number of positive cases in the state.