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COVID-19 lockdown: Labourers from unorganised sector in HP stare at uncertain future

Bilal (22), a porter at Mall Road here, has been cooped up in a small room at Jama Masjid for days now, stepping out only buy food from a dhaba within the mosque complex. Amid the spiralling number of COVID-19 cases in the country, tourism in Shimla, like other parts of the state. Future appeared more uncertain for Bilal when the Himachal Pradesh government announced a complete lockdown across the state on Monday to contain the spread of COVID-19. Then came Prime Minister Narendra Modi s announcement on Tuesday of a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting midnight to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus. A native of Jammu and Kashmir s Anantnag district, Bilal has been spending most of his time worrying how he will manage to make ends meet when his savings run out. I used to earn Rs 500-1,500 daily but I have not earned even a single penny for the last 10-12 days. Work had started drying up days before the Himachal Pradesh government imposed a lockdown, Bilal, who has been ...


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