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sabu

My name is Sabu. I am an auto rickshaw driver from Perumbavoor, Kerala. Perumbavoor is the capital of migrant labourers in Kerala. A lot of migrant workers used to work near this town. After the note ban, a lot of them have lost jobs and left for home. Sunday is their holiday as well their shopping day. On a typical Sunday we used to make Rs 4000-5000. Now we hardly make Rs 1000. It was this Sunday bonanza that kept our business going. We could pay our rent and pay off other debts. On other days too we hardly make Rs 500-700. Many of my friends have stopped plying. I don’t know how they are surviving. Since I don’t have to pay rent I keep going, but I don’t know how long.

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  1. K SHESHU BABU says:

    The small rickshaws driven by man were replaced by anti- rickshaws driven by machines. Though small, they were affordable to many middle-class people and also provided employment to migrant labour from villages. The autos are rented by many drivers and the rent is paid to the owners after their daily collection of amount from commuters. Now, they are being replaced by ola or Uber which have their apps and use electronic payments. They are snatching work from the petty auto drivers. Demonetisation has affected their earnings and boosted the Ola or Uber cab capitalists …