Ajmal Khan (right) at work before he lost his job when the Indian government announced a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Adnan Bhat
Ajmal Khan (right) at work before he lost his job when the Indian government announced a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Adnan Bhat

Coronavirus: India’s lockdowns are a matter of life and death for its 450 million informal workers

  • The sector makes up some 90 per cent of the country’s workforce and about half its GDP, but has no income security and only limited health care access
  • As Prime Minister Modi looks to curb the spread of the outbreak, some of these workers are facing weeks without pay, housing or food

Ajmal Khan (right) at work before he lost his job when the Indian government announced a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Adnan Bhat
Ajmal Khan (right) at work before he lost his job when the Indian government announced a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Adnan Bhat
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