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Lockdown adds to woes of some sections


JORABAT, May 1 - As the country reels under the second phase of the nationwide lockdown, the brunt of it can be well understood through the toils of a healthcare worker facing hurdles in making her living.

The story of Manju Ray, working as a cleaner at a private hospital at Jorabat is evident enough to prove that the poor and underprivileged families are among the worst affected during the current medical emergency situation.

For over a fortnight now Manju has been cycling more than five kilometres daily along a hilly road from her rented house at Kamarkuchi in Sonapur area to her workplace at Jorabat as no other mode of conveyance is available due to the lockdown. After work she again cycles back home, to take care of her family.

Manju is married to a daily-wage labourer, who has to sit back home as there is no work for him due to the lockdown.

Narrating the hurdles that she has to face every day, Manju said, �Despite being from the poorest section of society, I have failed to avail any of the relief provided by the government. My only fault is that I am not a ration card holder.�

Manju still looks up to the government � as also to the conscious section of society � eagerly for some financial assistance as she has to feed her family and pay the house rent.

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