A social body has claimed that nearly 96% of people surveyed under a food rights campaign in Maharashtra faced a drop in their earnings during the coronavirus-induced lockdown last year.
On Saturday Mukta Srivastava, the state’s convener for the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan told that job loss and non-availability of casual work were the key reasons for this, and every fifth respondent was forced to go hungry because of no money to buy food.
A total of 250 people were surveyed by the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan in May and September last year in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Pune, Nandurbar, Solapur, Palghar, Nashik, Dhule, and Jalgaon. The Abhiyan also comprised a group of activists from the food and nutrition sector
A nationwide lockdown was imposed by the Centre in March last year following the outbreak of covid-19 in the country. The restrictions were gradually eased after a few months.
52% of the total respondents were from rural areas and the rest were from urban areas and out of those who were surveyed, around 60% were women.
The convener informed that before the lockdown nearly 70 percent of the respondents had a monthly income of ₹7,000 while the remaining earned about ₹3,000 per month.