In Mohali, they see threat in lockdown, not virus

In Mohali, they see threat in lockdown, not virus

Mohali, May 8

A well-to-do man fears the virus, but the labour class dreads the lockdown more.

These days, a middle-class man scours the newspapers to keep tabs on availability of hospital bed while the vegetable vendor still seeks a response on an end to lockdown.

“Test karvayein ki teeka lagwayein, ki dihadi kamayein,” says Vinod, a vegetable vendor in Sector 79, in a typical working class’ response.

A daily wager in Mohali district runs the risk of losing half a day’s wage, if he/she feels the need for a Covid test or vaccination.

Those working in the hotel industry, school bus drivers and conductors, industrial labour, housemaids, roadside vendors and countless workers in the unorganised sector are living a life of uncertainty as their livelihood is threatened by the restrictions imposed through lockdown.

“Corona does not catch those who sweat and bleed every day,” said Ishaque, a carpenter in Baltana.

Ishaque’s fatalism is his health insurance, his term plan and future plan. Even the district administration is banking on it heavily.

A ventilator facility for a construction worker would be a wishful thinking — there is none in any of the government-run hospitals in the district — even the chance of getting access to a hospital bed is hopelessly faint for commoners these days.

Their only protection against the virus is a mask. “It is not easy to do menial work with a mask on. But the employers insist, so we have to wear it. Nobody wants to lose a job these days,” said Bhanumati, a housemaid in an upscale housing society in Sohana. — TNS

Tribune Shorts

Top Stories

LIVE UPDATES: Bharat Bandh: Farmers block roads at various places in Punjab, Haryana

LIVE UPDATES: Bharat Bandh: Farmers block roads at various places in Punjab, Haryana

A large number of protests are being held on railway tracks ...

Bharat Bandh: Traffic congestion at Delhi-Gurugram border

Bharat Bandh: Traffic congestion at Delhi-Gurugram border

A heavy presence of security personnel is seen at the Delhi-...

Bharat Bandh: Rahul Gandhi voices support for farmers, slams govt as ‘exploitative’

Bharat Bandh: Rahul Gandhi voices support for farmers, slams govt as ‘exploitative’

Several non-NDA parties have extended support to the nationw...

Watch: Punjab Chief Minister Channi stops vehicle on highway to bless newly-wed couple

Watch: Punjab Chief Minister Channi stops vehicle on highway to bless newly-wed couple

Political observers say he's trying to build the image of an...

Cities

View All