Coronavirus pandemic puts India’s informal workers in the firing line
The crisis has led to a mass exodus of migrant labour back to their villages, mainly in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
From those working in restaurants to those making a living by ironing clothes in the neighbourhood, daily wagers are finding it difficult to make ends meet
New Delhi: Ashok Kumar, a 42-year-old carpenter, lives in the Rohini area of the national capital and survives on work that he gets either through a local contractor or through his own contacts. On an average, Kumar works for 20 days a month, earning around ₹500 a day.