The new urban poor in Mumbai: Salaries gone, pawning gold to pay school fees, NGO meals, rents unpaid -Mayura Janwalkar and Sadaf Modak
These families are on the brink of urban poverty, forced to do what they once thought was impossible — borrowing for their children's school fees, defaulting on EMIs, falling back on rent, cutting down on necessities.
Mumbai: MANY locks in the nation’s financial capital are being opened one by one, new Covid numbers are falling but most doors — or windows — to any opportunity to earn are still firmly shut.
For countless in this city, gone is the confidence and dignity that a monthly salary assured until just six months ago. An army of women and men, from domestic workers to store-clerks, staff of small manufacturing and service units to delivery staff and drivers, has been without their fixed income for seven months. Their salaries were too meagre for a savings cushion which is now frayed, if not gone.
These families are on the brink of urban poverty, forced to do what they once thought was impossible — borrowing for their children’s school fees, defaulting on EMIs, falling back on rent, cutting down on necessities, pawning their valuables, waiting for meals and dry rations from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), NGOs and charities.
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The Hindu, 27 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/the-new-urban-poor-salaries-gone-pawning-gold-to-pay-school-fees-ngo-meals-rents-unpaid-6889887/?fbclid=IwAR1FsQmexa9lpljQzGO_FgudbjAEqsOwfIk4OQMhBGNh-kJMb3jNf6BumJM