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Walking home: Who they are, why they are leaving

“Company owner told me go to the village till the situation is normal, the owner has arranged a tempo to drop me to Gorakhpur.”

By: Express News Service | Updated: March 31, 2020 2:49:03 am
India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news PARVESH KUMAR YADAV is a daily wage worker.

PARVESH KUMAR YADAV, 30
Family members: 6
Profession: Daily wage worker
Earning: Rs 450 to 500 a day; Headed towards: Sultanpur, UP

Why he left: “Since lockdown, we have not got work anywhere. We earn daily and that’s how we eat daily, but since March 19, I haven’t got any job, so I couldn’t earn.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news SURAJ PRAJAPATI works as a helfer in glass firm.

SURAJ PRAJAPATI, 26
Family members: 4
Profession: Helfer in glass firm
Earning: Rs 300 a day; Headed towards: Gorakhpur, UP

Why he left: “Company owner told me go to the village till the situation is normal, the owner has arranged a tempo to drop me to Gorakhpur.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news ALI ASGAR is a ruck driver.

ALI ASGAR, 32
Family members: 5
Profession: Truck driver
Earning: Rs 600 a day; Headed towards: Lucknow, UP

Why he left: “The country was totally shut and no jobs were available in the market, so when I got a chance to drive a tempo to Lucknow, I left.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news RAMBRIJ CHAUDHARY works as a helfer.

RAMBRIJ CHAUDHARY, 38
Family members: 4
Profession: Helfer
Earning: Rs 450 a day; Headed towards: Gonda, UP

Why he left: “Since the hotels were shut, even though I had  money, I couldn’t get proper food to eat and no place to sleep. So, I left for Gonda from Bhiwandi.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news SHESH NARAYAN YADAV is a oil loader.

SHESH NARAYAN YADAV, 30
Family members: 4
Profession: Oil loader
Earning: Rs 400 a day; Headed towards: Kadipur, UP

Why he left: “I was working as an oil loader at the main branch of HPCL-Diesel. Even though oil loading was on, I was unable to travel from Vasai to the oil loading branch.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news PREMCHAND YADAV is a driver.

PREMCHAND YADAV, 50
Family members: 4
Profession: Driver
Earning: Rs 600 a day; Headed towards: Kadipur, UP

Why he left: “I used to drive tempos and cars. But since lockdown, tempo owners are not giving rent, and car owners are not going out, so I was left with no choice but to go back home.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news RAJKUMAR CHAUHAN has a bhangar shop.

RAJKUMAR CHAUHAN, 39
Family members: 25
Profession: Has a bhangar shop
Earning: Rs 700 a day; Headed towards: Gonda, UP

Why he left: “I have a bhangar shop but since the lockdown, it has been shut and I had no choice but to drop some family members to my native place.”

India lockdown, migrant workers, novel coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus infection, indian express news SARAFAT ALI is an attendant to truck driver.

SARAFAT ALI, 29
Family members: 2
Profession: Attendant to truck driver
Earning: Rs 400 a day; Headed towards: Bhadohi, UP

Why he left: “I was working as an attendant to a truck driver, but did not get work or money since the lockdown.”
Reporting: neeraj tiwari, photos: prashant nadkar

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