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Slowdown hits daily workers’ lives in Tripura, No work in Urban bodies amid compromise with ‘Lower’ wages : Demands of workers abnormally downed in BJP era
TIWN Dec 16, 2019
Slowdown hits daily workers’ lives in Tripura, No work in Urban bodies amid compromise with ‘Lower’ wages : Demands of workers abnormally downed in BJP era
PHOTO : Workers standing in Battala market for work. TIWN Pic Dec 16, 2019

AGARTALA, Dec 16 (TIWN): Along with MGNREGA works' massive downs under the ruling BJP Govt in Tripura, worklessness situations have hit the daily earners’ lives here. As slowdown affected the common men and businessmen, so workers’ demands are too at low, witnesses a massive decrease of demand of daily workers by households and businessmen. TIWN has been surveying the economic situations of the state focusing in the capital town but so far only frustrations and distresses were reported. Two markets were surveyed today 1) Battala, 2) Durga Chowmuhani where around hundreds of workers were seen didn’t get any work whereas even before 2 years, the situation was completely different for the state. On that time, workers demands were high, wages were high and also MGNREGA and other Govt works were given at a large number. Before 2 years, not only workers’ wages were higher than now and a competition was seen between the people to catch the workers but today workers are in wait hours after hours but demand of workers heavily downed.

Talking to TIWN, a daily worker said, "We are in tension all the time. No basic earning and moreover Bandhan like loans. There are multiple problems and various crisis situations which are being faced by us leading unhappiness in our families. Even we are unable to fee our babies properly and they keep on crying after we return empty hands. When worklessness is high, wages are low. Hardly out of 5 days one day we are managing to get a work". 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_cnegssLlk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3kmk7nBbR4FKXOKWOKzlSKeuQaTWtKrWyFunY1liYY7VhWtvyH8L6t0bA (TIWN YouTube Link)

A woman worker said, "Everyday we are coming and going and so much of fares are paying but the ultimate result is crisis and poverty. No work, no peace at home, what to do ? Where should we go ?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oDrOR_l-NI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1nNPbsdFGwyMPg-lRMJaQOnel9cizuB38z0zjrU2wGiovF8x0q2ys5zX8 (TIWN YouTube Link)

The women further alleged, few workers from Bangladesh come everyday and take works at low rate snatching the work-oppurtunities further.

Another man who also didn't get any work said, "Commodity prices are too high and no work on the top of that. Only Govt employees now can survive. At all scale, the working class's conditions are miserable now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHFaYMZH-Uc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1t7egCFTOK8e56U_9GGx2Ex1VFzdHskJuvqzhvQVnDNieWhb6aNXAJVuA  (TIWN YouTube Link)

 

 

 

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