I was talking to my friend yesterday. We were having a conversation about which Business sectors have taken a bad hit, and which sectors have done well.
Obviously, the Pharma sector has done very well, and the trend is likely to continue. And a few allied businesses in the Health care sector.
For any Nation, Health and Education sectors are the most important.
While our Health systems are dong their best, the key people, the frontline health workers are dong an admirable job. Our deepest gratitude to them.
When we look a the other important sector-Education. It has stopped. Schools are closed Many teachers have lost their jobs or taken heavy pay cuts. There are schools that struggle to survive, with a fond hope of opening some day soon. The Government has said it is voluntary for the parents to pay fees. It is mandatory for teachers to come to school everyday deliver lessons online. How should schools sustain, while fee collection is tardy, and all operational expenditures have to be paid, including all salaries.
So where is the cashflow for schools, if parents refuse to pay Fees? or simply cannot afford it. Should such teachers be allowed to suffer? NO!
Ether you keep running your school by cross-subsidesgn from any other business you may run. However, as a Nation, we should not stop Education and Training, because if t happens t will have serous implications for the Indian Economy. In case there are schools that are unable to pay salaries to their teachers or the salaries are delayed by several months, And in many cases teachers are retrenched from service? How will their livelihood happen. The Drug conglomerates, the Pharma Companies that are making tonnes of medicines, exporting and also providing to Indian Consumers. We all understand they are a powerful lobby. However, if vaccines and other allied medicines have to reach the consumers at fair prices, The government can provide a Levy for such Pharma Companies and provide medicines at affordable prices.
When we could pay Education Cess, Higher Education Cess to reform and rebuild our crumbling Education Systems. Why not a levy Cess on Pharma Companies and the supply chain? As responsible of citizens of this Country, is there anything wrong in these large pharma companies put some money back in hands of the consumer?
RT-PCR tests at the Government Hospitals are free. However, it costs Rs. 2500 if you get it done at a reputed Hospital