The continuing exodus of people from the Northeast to their home states has resulted in a staff crunch in the hospitality industry and security agencies here.
This is because most of the people who have been fleeing belong to the lower middle class who work mostly as cooks, waiters and security guards in the city.
Narayana Kulal, who runs a restaurant in central Bangalore’s Vivekanagar area, said that of his 43 employees 33 are from Northeastern states. “I am facing a serious problem running my establishment. The other thing is that many northeastern students used to come to my restaurant but now I have hardly any customers,” he said.
Rajan Thapa from Darjeeling runs a Chinese restaurant near Halasur in east Bangalore. “Forty of my employees have left and I have come to a stage of stopping the business for some time,” he said.
Thapa, however, said he intended to stay in Bangalore: “It is a nice city. I have many local friends and nobody is harmful. I don’t know why these people (fleeing the city) are believing in rumours.”
The security industry has been hit as badly as the hospitality sector.
Nagaraja Reddy, a partner with the 3-Star Security agency in Koramangala said many apartments, malls and other commercial establishments are facing problems because security personnel from the Northeast have fled. “If this continues, it will be very difficult to run the security industry,” he said, adding that residents of Ba ngalore will also face difficulties as many of their security guards have joined the exodus.