• Swatantrata e- Policy Conclave a virtual discussion hosted by Swatantrata that will brings together various policy, development practitioners and researchers to discuss the current COVID19 pandemic.  We are expecting to engage students, policy and development practitioners, entrepreneurs, academicians, and scholars.

COVID – 19 Pandemic: Time for structural policy reforms?

May 23rd 2020 :  6 PM IST | 2:30 CEST

Dhiraj Nayyar
Chief Economist, Vedanta Ltd.
 Former Head, Economics, Finance & Commerce, NITI Aayog.
Dhiraj Nayyar

With the onset of the Pandemic, several nations have opted for a complete shutdown to contain the spread of the deadly virus. The impact of the lockdown will be having a larger impact on the economy rather than Public health. In the midst of all the disruptions and economic fallout, there is still an opportunity to build a more resilient and diversified economy given push for more structural reforms, keeping in mind Economic Freedom as the guiding principle of the nation’s policymaking. 

Swatantrata believes that there is an urgent need to look Covid19 in a more comprehensive and integrated manner. Swatantrata brings together various policy, development practitioners and researchers to discuss the current COVID19 pandemic. On our platform we will be hosting weekly E- Policy Conclave (Pandemic Series) which aims to explore various topics such as Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic, Revamping Health Care System in India, Civil Society and NGO’s Response to the Pandemic, Best Policy Practices in the Era of Pandemic and Cherishing the Values of Life, Liberty and Property.  

Speaker of the week

Dhiraj Nayyar is Chief Economist of Vedanta Resources, an Indian multinational corporation in the business of mining, metals and oil. Before joining Vedanta in October 2018, Dhiraj was Officer on Special Duty and Head, Economics, Finance and Commerce, NITI Aayog, Government of India. Trained as an economist at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, Merton College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge, Dhiraj spent several years in the media in senior roles including Opinion Editor of Financial Express, Deputy Editor of India Today, Editor-at-large, Firstpost, India Columnist, Bloomberg View and Managing Editor of The Quint.

He is the author of the bestselling book, Modi and Markets: Arguments for Transformation. In 2013, he was awarded a Bastiat Prize in journalism by the California-based Reason Foundation.


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