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April 6, 2020

Panahgah ultimate destination for migrant daily wagers

Islamabad

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April 6, 2020

Islamabad : Panahgah--the shelter home -- has become the ultimate destination for affected people who have no work due to economic slowdown in the wake of lockdown.

The federal capital, which hosts lot of migrant daily-wagers and labourers, currently has no 'economic activity mainly due to the virtual lockdown enforced to contain spread of the coronavirus. Ultimately, people with meagre resources, turn up at specific places - the shelter-homes - to have food three times a day.

Talking to this agency, a daily wage-earner from Sindh at Tarlai shelter home, Nadeem Ikhlaq said some migrant workers opted to stay in the city with the hope of normalcy in few days, following the announcement of lock-down across the country.

He said: “I preferred to stay in Islamabad when I heard that the Sindh government had announced lockdown. I previously had some work here but now there is no work in the city.”

Narrating the ordeal, Nadeem said he had not earned a single penny during the last week and needed an accommodation due to closure of private hostels in the city. “In the meantime, one of my friend told me about Panahgah and here I am getting three time meal and shelter for the last couple of days,” he added.

He termed the shelter homes a good initiative of the government and said these have been providing great support to the people who had been most affected in the post-coronavirus situation. Narrating tough conditions of workers, he said these people were most affected due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus restrictions.