Who cares for the poor labourer

May 20 2020

When poultry owners were culling their birds fearing businesses taking a dip in lockdown, they were questioned the reason behind their action. They answered that they wont fetch good price for chicken in markets since the amount they were spending to feed the birds, not even half of it was being recovered. Hence, the migrant labourers who have been kept in isolation in UP, the state government is paying forty rupees to NGOs for their meal ie 120 rupee for the entire day whereas, states like Rajasthan have been paying NGOs 300 rupees. When NGOs in UP questioned officials over the same, their quota was increased to seventy rupees but the file is still stuck under red tapeism while the labour is leaving isolation centres and reaching their homes.

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