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April 07, 2020

Daily wagers are out of work under these lockdown conditions. They are the hardest hit, living in a state of agony and misery, likely to increase with passage of time. Even now while under lockdown...

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Daily wagers are out of work under these lockdown conditions. They are the hardest hit, living in a state of agony and misery, likely to increase with passage of time. Even now while under lockdown they are found roaming in the streets waiting/ protesting for want relief packages. This packed and crowded gathering of the people makes them vulnerable to the virus. It is an extremely risky and dangerous situation.

It may be a better idea to put them to work under regulated conditions than to lock them down at their houses. It will not only reduce the burden of the government for relief efforts, but allow movement in the national economy as well. The construction industry is the main consumer of daily wagers, which is why construction must be resumed as soon as possible – with the necessary care and precautions. Only healthy labour should be allowed to work. The bottom line is to avoid crowding at work places. The government should formulate SOPs for engaging them to work, and educate the populace through media campaigns. Employers have a responsibility to adhere to the safety instructions issued by the government.

Saud Bashir

Lahore



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