To discuss the pertinent topic of the time, measures to tackle the spread of the second wave in rural areas and the health crisis following the Pandemic, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, and Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi organized a Panel Discussion with eminent panelists on “Rural Realities | Tamil Nadu Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave”on May 22, 2021.
Prof R Mangaleswaran, Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, the moderator of the session, initiated the discussion. The Covid pandemic has prompted unprecedented death, despair, and affliction among the entire population. Currently, Tamil Nadu contributes about 15% of the positive cases and 6.7% of the COVID-19 deaths in the country.
The 38 districts of the state comprise 15979 villages within 12,524 village panchayats. The sizable village community in the state of Tamil Nadu faces severe threats. and it is essential to bring the rural realities to light so that effective measures can be taken for the welfare.