The labour class has been hit the hardest because of the demonetisation move of the central government. The daily wage earners complain that the rates have come down by Rs 100-200 and they have to sit idle for weeks, as there is no work.
Daily at 8am, nearly 400 labourers reach the Labour Chowk in Sector 40-41. Throughout the day, they wait for people to offer them work.
It will be the 16th day, when labourer Kanahiya Lal will return home from the chowk without earning a penny.
“What will I reply to the landlords and grocery store owner who have given me several ultimatums to pay the rent and bill?”, said Kanahiya Lal.
“Before demonetisation, nearly 90% labourers used to get work. Now the situation has drastically changed as hardly 25% labourers get work,” said Durga Prasad, a labourer.
Durga Prasad had been visiting the chowk for the last 10 years and would earn Rs 400 per day. “For a week now, I did not get any work. There is no work at all. We wait for the entire day and are left disappointed by the evening,” he said.
Mahesh Kumar is sitting idle for the last 6 days and another labourer Sikender Kumar did not get work for the last 15 days.
“Immediately after demonetisation, the work has been impacted. There is no work at all. Hardly one-two people come in a day to offer work,” said Mahesh Kumar.
“The rates have also come down. People offer Rs 300-400 for mason jobs, which usually fetched Rs 600 per day. The labourers are offered Rs 300 per day, instead of Rs 400,” said Pappu, a labourer.