Better to Payback, than to pack bags back…
On one side, the Recommendation of Ministers and Legislators have paved its way for many students who were trapped because of the Lockdown were transported to their houses, by special vehicles. No Authorities intended to take care of the trapped workers in the same lock down.
Many of them walk their way on their own, some reached and some died before reaching their destination. In our country, there is no cost to the life of the poor, and everything seems to be possible for the Rich and the Powerfully Infuencial.
In Perumbakkam ,an area about 30-35 km from Chennai, Our Team met some people who have been spending their days since the lock-down was announced and are waiting for that moment, of getting the Lockdown uplifted and go back home.
These people hardly get any food and survive by eating only one time in a day. The companies for which these people have toiled and given their life to make an earning out of it, has not even bothered to care of them.
These are the workers who give big builders and construction companies a chance to make crores and crores of turnovers with their hard work. But now when this lock-down has happened today, the same company turned its back on these poor and destitute laborers.
One of the Companies include, a construction company called Maleesh Ashira which has residential complexes in many other cities including Chennai and many are under construction yet.
About 400 to 500 laborers working in these under-construction residential complexes have been left only with destitute. After the lock down, they have tried hard to talk to the contractor, engineer but none cares to give their ear. No one came forward to help them.
They do not have any provision that they can go back home, nor do they have access to any big or influential people so that they can be transported to their home by special vehicles.
These people say that the money that they had isn’t any more and struggle now, by eating one time meal. There are many people who are asking for money from their homes and trying to make their living.
They say that they had come to earn money so that they could send money to the house, but the situation was such that they now had to ask for money from home itself, Given the simplicity of the company, there has been only a lot of dissatisfaction among these workers.
The workers tell that as soon as the lock down is over, all the workers will leave everything and go to their respective homes. These laborers come from different parts of the country like Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, and many states to work here.
When our team spoke to the company officials in this regard, most of them did not respond. When a person picks up the phone, after listening to all the incidents, he says that you have nothing to do with it, pay attention to your work.