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Demonetisation woes: Daily wagers with no jobs turn to langar halls for food

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NEW DELHI, 25/11/2016: People having a langer at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib at Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi on Friday. November 25, 2016. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

With everyone from local vendors and foreign tourists to devotees and the poor queuing up for food, the rush for langar at the popular gurdwara brings no surprise. But, post the demonetisation move, the lunch rush at the langar halls has been more hectic than usual.

Actually, the typical lunch crowd is being joined by daily wagers, who have been left jobless owing to the continuing cash crunch.

Officials of the gurdwara management also said that extra food is being cooked.

The unexpected cut in the demand of work due to the cash crunch in the market and empty pockets are making labourers from around Old Delhi to make their way to gurdwaras and other religious places in search of food.

After the government scrapped Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes from circulation, a group of people gathers at Hauz Qazi Chowk and makes their way to Sis Ganj Gur dwara.

Earlier, before the cash crunch, the daily wagers including carpenters, painters and construction workers would gather there in the morning and be picked up for jobs around the city. But now, they just wait there all day, in hope to find work.

“We haven’t had any work since the notebandi [demonetisation] was announced. So every day all of us go to the gurdwara to eat one meal,” said Gulfam, a painter as per a report in The Hindu.

“We don’t have any other option, so we eat lunch at the gurdwara. Sometimes people go to the temples when there is food being distributed there,” said Sujit, a welder.