‘A skilled worker never stays out of work’

A day in life of construction worker

‘A skilled worker never stays out of work’

Pawan Kumar Raj goes about his daily work in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 28

Pawan Kumar, a native of Bihar, is working as a mason in the city for the past 10 years. After doing the same for years, he says his life has become a force of habit now. But he keeps facing new challenges each day.

“I am an early bird who generally wakes up at 5.30 am. Not every day, but most of the time, I visit a nearby temple after taking shower. Then, I take food and leave for work around 8.30 am,” said Pawan.

“A mason’s job is not a cakewalk. We have to constantly keep improving our skills. The building architecture changes with time. Nowadays, people watch something on social media and expect us to construct the same. I never feel shy to try new experiments,” he said.

Pawan Kumar didn’t leave the city during the pandemic. He stayed here and continued his work. “The construction sites were closed for around two months in 2020. I spent all my savings on meeting my daily needs. I took up small works in our locality. Later, the police allowed cyclists and daily wagers to go on construction sites.

He claimed that a skilled worker never stays unemployed. “Unemployment is for unskilled persons only. If you know your job well, people wait for you. I haven’’t had any problem even during the lockdown after the outbreak of Covid-19,” he said.

Pawan Kumar worked till late evening during the summer season. Sometimes, he does overtime if the building owner has some target to complete the construction. After completing his work, Pawan goes back home and spends time with his family.

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