Informal sector: State reports

Lives put on hold

Print edition : December 23, 2016

Trucks are idle across Maharashtra in the wake of demonetisation. Photo: SHASHI ASHIWAL

Cancer patient Gopal Prasad Koshta could not exchange his Rs.500 note. Photo: Lyla Bavadam

Sukhdev Sharma (foreground),a patient, says chemists insist on more purchases than necessary if a Rs.500 note is given. Photo: Lyla Bavadam

The empty market in Karol Bagh, Delhi. Photo: Divya Trivedi

Business is dull in the usually busy Ranganathan Street in T. Nagar in Chennai. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

A jewellery shop in Chennai wears a deserted look on December 1. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The shop-lined street leading to Charminar in Hyderabad is known for brisk sales all through the year. It is a different story after demonetisation. Photo: K.V.S. GIRI

Mohammad Irfan in his bakery in Bhavani Nagar, Hyderabad. He says banks do not lend to small businesses and so he does not see any point in opening a bank account. Photo: KUNAL SHANKAR

Daulat Bi makes incense stricks at her home in Hassan Nagar in Hyderabad. She tries to make Rs.50 a day but since lower-denomination currency is in demand, she is unable to meet her everyday expenses. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Mohammad Ayub and his brother Yusuf at their embroidery unit in Bhavani Nagar. Photo: KUNAL SHANKAR

A panipuriwala going to start his day in Mumbai. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Panwalas in Mumbai. Their entrepreneurial spirit is so strong that they say they cannot think of working for someone else. Photo: Vijay Bate

During a recent film shooting in Chennai, the crew enjoying a lunch break. Photo: ILANGOVAN RAJASEKARAN

A shop in Paharganj, Delhi. The area is frequented by foreign tourists, but very few come now. Photo: Divya Trivedi

In Paharganj, Delhi, a shop-lined street that had milling cowds is virtually deserted now. Photo: DIVYA TRIVEDI

Jitender Madan, who runs a cafe-cum-bakery at Paharganj, shows the diary in which he notes the credit he allows regular customers. According to him, the government is hurting the wrong people. Photo: Divya Trivedi

Daily-wage construction workers at Kottivakkam in Chennai. The opportunities are coming down, not many contractors are coming these days, say labourers. Photo: M. Karunakaran

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