There are two stories playing out in India right now. The stories of those who have the luxury of working from home and those who are walking miles to reach home. For the migrant workers and daily wage earners, the lockdown has thrown their life out of gear. This reverse migration has also left many small and medium industries in a lurch.
The Indian textiles industry which has around 4.5 crore workers reported a massive credit crunch due to the payment issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Exports dipped in March 2020, owing to the breakdown in production, supply, and payment networks.
In this episode, Karnataka Garment Worker Union’s president Sebastian Devaraj tells us about the challenges faced by the workers of this industry, who are stuck in different cities of Karnataka.