Cities in Gujarat first to feel the pinch of migrant exodus
Key sectors such as garments, textile and construction may face persistent labour shortages
Estimates on migration suggest that 15-20% of urban India’s workforce may have left
In Ahmedabad’s upmarket Paldi area, 41-year-old Jaswant Parmar has been noticing a dip in the city’s sanitation workforce during his daily door-to-door waste collection rounds, which begins at 7am. A huge proportion of the solid waste staff join work via a migration trail that traces back to Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, roughly 250 km away.