Putul Kumar Nath hopes the Bangalore call centre where he worked as a lift serviceman will call him back. But then, he knows he is not indispensable.
Putul, 21, is from Khapmari village in Morigaon district, around 65km east of Guwahati. His elder brother Pinku, 23, also a lift serviceman, had four years ago arranged his job.
Pinku, who had moved to Bangalore in 2006, too has returned. So have eight others from Khapmari and 67 more from neighbouring villages.
Putul fled Bangalore almost penniless because he had bought a “fancy” mobile phone with his monthly pay of Rs 8,500 earlier this month. In his hurry to leave, he had no time to bring his new phone’s charger. “I can’t even buy a charger now.”
Like most of his fellow villagers, Putul got paid in cash by his employers.
“I have given my account number to my manager. I
hope he deposits the money for the 14 days I worked this month,” he said.