Governments and policymakers across the world are doling out stimulus packages and loosening their purse strings to restart economic activity stalled by the coronavirus pandemic. In India, the focus of many state governments last week was on relaxing labour laws.

This, it is hoped, will incentivise small businesses and large manufacturers to trace a V-shaped recovery.

However, such a move, even if it delivers results in the short-term, is myopic in nature. The lack of sufficient safeguards against exploitation is bound to be detrimental to workers, who are among the weakest sections of the society.