Recently, the country rejoiced at a preannouncement of stimulus package in response to the urgent COVID-19 situation in the country. The pandemic threw the entire nation into a downward spiral, all dimensions of the society, be it social, political or economic situations were drowning in an abyss of uncertainty. But following the examples of countries like the US, Canada, Germany, and Japan, on the 12th of May 2020, Indian Central Government declared the launch of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”. This announcement opens a new damn of benefits to lower socio-economical strata of the society, MSME and other small businesses by drawing up to a whopping 10% from the current GDP.
This political decision was definitely met with affirmative responses from most of the fellow Indians. But does this impact the sustainability goals that have been prioritized from 2018? Let us look at the social, economic and environmental impact of this grand scheme –