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19 Apr 2021

Jahnvi R., Deccan Herald

India: Unorganised sector workers anxious about new restrictions impacts on their jobs and businesses

"Another Covid-19 lockdown and we will be destroyed, say unorganised sector workers", 19 April 2021

Workers in the unorganised sectors, badly hit by last year’s lockdown, are anxious over the prospect of the severe restrictions returning again due to the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases. Should the government choose to impose another lockdown, it will rob away their livelihoods.

DH spoke to a cross-section of workers from the unorganised sectors who told us that they are only barely recovering from the devastating impacts of last year...

...“The government promised Rs 5,000 for migrant workers during last year’s lockdown, but more than 80% of them did not get anything,” Kamble said, adding that labourers should be given food kits and temporary shelters, besides financial compensation, if the government declares another lockdown.

Thousands of street vendors in Bengaluru are scared that the second lockdown would crush their businesses.

The government is yet to declare any relief or compensation for the vendors...