Maya Khodve, community correspondent from Maharashtra’s Nashik district reports on the plight of Amrapali Nagar's elderly population and waste-pickers.
Amrapali Nagar is a slum settlement in the city of Nashik and has been under a state of lockdown like the rest of the country.
Wastepickers, who would work daily and feed themselves on the day’s earnings, are looking at a bleak future as they have no ration or money to support themselves or their families. Many women worked as domestic maids in middle-class apartments but received no support from their employers during the lockdown.
Government distributed ration is only for those having a valid ration card. But many in this settlement do not possess such government-issued documents.
Maya Khodve distributed food with her own money and later got together with the local media and helped highlight the issue in the local press. This resulted in people supporting their relief efforts.
Rohini Pawar distributed ration kits to those most in need.
Last year too they couldn't earn anything as the lockdown was imposed just before their earning season.