Pandemic hits the poor hard

Staff Correspondent

11 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Report shows low-income groups’ earnings drop by 53pc; 15.64pc leave Dhaka; 50pc domestic helps couldn’t return to their workplaces

Earnings of low-income people living in the capital have dropped significantly during the last seven months since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in March, says a study.

The report also said income of rickshaw pullers has dropped to 53 percent while around 50 percent of domestic helps in the capital couldn’t return to their workplaces after the general holidays.

Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) and Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) revealed the findings at a meeting at divisional office of Social Service Department in the capital’s Mohammadpur area on Tuesday.

Other findings revealed in the meeting showed around 15.64 percent city residents left the capital while around 85 percent slum dwellers borrowed money ranging from 5,000 to 100,000 to maintain their families during the pandemic.

 Social Service Department Director Mina Masud Uzzaman attended the meeting as the chief guest while Poba Joint General Secretary Mihir Kanti Biswas and social service officer Shahiduzzaman were present at the meeting presided over by former additional director general of the Department of Environment Abdus Sobhan.