After Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Unlock 2.0 in the national capital, starting on June 7, several migrant labourers were seen coming back to Delhi in search of livelihood. Hundreds of migrant workers were seen walking out of Anand Vihar ISBT in Delhi on May 7.
With factories being allowed to operate and shops being open on an odd-even basis, these workers are back at work.
“I used to earn ₹200-300 per day during the lockdown. I used to manage my expenses only through this income. Many people are coming in since morning, let’s see how work will pick up,” said Arjun, a driver.
Delhi began its unlock process in a phased manner on May 31. Keeping in mind the interests of daily wage workers, relaxations had been announced for construction activities and factories for a week.
“There are families which only has one member earning for all. In this case, the situation becomes grim, and it happened to us. We faced difficulties getting food and necessary items. That’s why we have come back. We thought the cases of coronavirus have started to decrease so let’s go to work now that restrictions are lifted,” said Arun Kumar, a migrant worker.