96% people faced drop in earnings during last year’s lockdown: survey

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published Published on Mar 1, 2021   modified Modified on Mar 1, 2021

-The Hindu/ PTI

Nearly 96% of the people surveyed under a food rights campaign in Maharashtra faced a drop in their earnings during the novel coronavirus-induced lockdown last year, a social body claims.

Mumbai: Job losses and non-availability of casual work were the key reasons for this, and every fifth respondent was forced to go hungry because of no money to buy food, Mukta Srivastava, the State’s convener for the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan, told reporters on Saturday.

The abhiyan, comprising a group of activists from food and nutrition sector, surveyed a total of 250 people in May and September last year in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Pune, Nandurbar, Solapur, Palghar, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon.

The Centre announced a nationwide lockdown in March last year following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. Later, after a few months, restrictions were gradually eased in a phased manner.

“Around 96% people out of those surveyed admitted that their earnings dropped sharply in the lockdown period, and their situation remained the same five months after the lockdown was lifted,” Ms. Srivastava said.

Of the total respondents, 52% were from rural areas and the rest from urban limits. Those surveyed included 60% women, she said.

Before the lockdown, nearly 70% of the respondents had a monthly income of 7,000, while the remaining earned about 3,000 per month, Ms. Srivastava said.

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The Hindu/ PTI, 1 March, 2021, https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/96-people-faced-drop-in-earnings-during-last-years-lockdown-survey/article33958241.ece?homepage=true

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