Lack of work in Latur; low class residents shift back to Vijaywada to survive

  • | Tuesday | 29th September, 2020

In the past, Rohit and Mohit (altered names) were seller of China-made products in Vijaywada with a monthly income of  Rs 15,000.

After losing all hope, Prakash Shinde (name changed), a small-time trader in Vijayawada left the city along with his wife Sujata (name changed) and two children for his hometown in May never to come back."We will beg on the roads of Latur in Maharashtra,” he said. But his situation changed and he did come back to the city some time near July-end.

In the past, Rohit and Mohit (altered names) were sellers of China-made products in Vijaywada with a monthly income of  Rs 15,000. "We waited for a month in Vijayawada and following Unlock 1.0 in June, we caught a train and went to Latur. But nothing worked for us there; we never worked in Maharashtra,” Prakash said. Though Prakash came back to the city with no hope in his mind about what he is going to do and how will he keep up.

"Initially, we struggled to find a room. I told my old landlord once we get some work, we will start paying him rent, but he refused. We spent the nights by the roadside,” he said. His problems did not end here. His wife and little daughter, who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, indeed once again tested positive inside 10 days after they came to Vijayawada.

“My brother, son and I tested negative, but my wife and daughter tested positive,” he said. His bad luck continued to dog him. “At least half of my worries are gone; my wife and daughter will get food free of cost for a fortnight at Covid care centre.” “After coming to Vijayawada, I contacted my supplier of Chinese products. But he said that the products are not available now. We had no idea what ban he was alluding to,” lamented Prakash.  

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