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 BhatAjmal 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

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
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 BhatAjmal 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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