Maharashtra is currently under a mini-lockdown as COVID-19 cases have risen suddenly in the Western state. In a scenario of reduced economic activity, daily wage labourers are surviving on odd jobs here and there and some on the free ration distributed by the government. Many have returned to their native places in Northern and Eastern India, bringing back memories of a large-scale migrant crisis last year.
Some of those interviewed by our Community Correspondent Amol Lalzare said that the ration is not enough for their families. It is also of low quality and they demand better. If something is not done for the welfare of the marginalised and unemployed, they will suffer from malnutrition or die of starvation.
Daily wage labourers and small vendors are struggling to make ends meet.
Ambulance drivers are risking their lives without any protective equipment.