During the 21-day lockdown, several migrant workers could not go back to their hometowns and they are struck in different places. One such instance came forward from a group of workers struck in Bhiwandi, a town 50km from Mumbai. As per sources, there are as many as 6 lakh power loom employees without meals or cash because of the nationwide shutdown due to coronavirus pandemic. The workers are eagerly waiting for the government’s help.
Zakir Ali, a worker from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh said, “I got here right here, labored for two days and now I’m caught. Now, we’re planning to go again to Gorakhpur for a stroll. What can I do? There isn’t a meal, no work, I can not die hungry.”
He returned to Mumbai just after visiting his hometown after Holi. Now, they have no earning as the power looms have fallen inactive from many days. The 6 lakh staff acquired a wage of Rs 4000 each 15 days. They said that they are on the verge of hunger.
“There’s a lockdown until 14th, we’ll die first of hunger first then of coronavirus,” said Junaid, an employee. The shutdown of power loom factories is having sever impact on the workers. All the eateries in the metropolis are closed down due to the lockdown.
According to loom homeowners, they are facing huge losses of Rs 6-7 lakhs. Atif Ansari, a power loom proprietor said, “Once we open this put up shut down, we must name again our staff however for that we are going to solely have to supply for his or her journey. Solely then we are able to begin the enterprise,” Mr Ansari says.