Cashless and clueless

Print edition : January 20, 2017

A lone worker at a powerloom in Bhivandi in Maharashtra after demonetisation. With powerloom owners struggling to pay daily wage labourers and also regular workers, many units face shutdown. Photo: Rajendra G

A jaggery seller from western Uttar Pradesh plies his trade in Gurugram but is unable to sell even half of what he purchased from the producer. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

Daily wage labourers at a chowk in Gurugram. They have waited in vain for work every day for weeks. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

The vegetable market in Gurugram with ew buyers on a Sunday. Vendors say even those who come do not buy as much as they did before. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

Ishwar Deo, 55, a migrant from Bihar, has had no work for the past two months. He goes to the local gurdwara daily for a free meal. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

The government takes the ordinance route to make wage payment through banks mandatory with no concern for its practical implications for small- and medium-scale industries or the large workforce which is not equipped for cashless transactions.
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