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Labour class in a fix owing to price-hike, unemployment.

QUETTA -- The labourers are in a fix mainly owing to the unemployment and then severe price-hike taking heavy toll on them in the provincial metropolis. One can see a large number of labourers working on daily wages sitting in the middle of city means Bacha Khan chowk waiting for someone to hire their services, but most of the time, it did not happen. Many of them have to return back sitting idle after day long wait in the scorching heat. The situation has worsened during the holy month of Ramadan as the labour activities are affected in the month. So the labourers are finding it very hard to make their both ends meet during the blessed month.

A labourer at Bacha Khan chowk told that the Ramadan has started, and we are sitting idle with no work in hand. We used to get labour before but now we are not getting labour.

Another labour Gul Hasan told that there is a price-hike and we are finding it hard to earn livelihood on daily basis. One day, we get labour and then we are to wait for three days, so where we should go and what to do?

Another daily wager, Abdul Ghani said that he is unemployed, so have come here to get temporary labour at Bacha Khan chowk. He is very upset due to the unemployment and price-hike which has made life for the poor very miserable, he maintained.

It is not the case of two or three but this is the story of almost all who gather at Bacha Khan chowk to seek labour on daily basis. They demand that the government should do something for their well being making it easier to lead life, which is presently a very difficult to do.

Matter of fact remains that the labourer class is the most vulnerable to the unprecedented price-hike in the country and the unemployment has added to their miseries to a great extent. They are now finding it hard to earn livelihood in the month of Ramadan, which is otherwise a month of blessing. It is very worrisome for them to earn some money to make their both ends meet during the month and especially ahead of the Eidul Fitr.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 27, 2012
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