Amid scarce handouts, anxiety grows among wage earners due to lockdown

Dawn | Apr 2, 2020 at 6:31 AM
  • Day 10 of the lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 saw increased anxiety and uncertainty amongst the city’s poorest, who had been out of work for well over a week and with no financial backup, as they hoped to get “free ration”.
  • Sindh has a population of around 47m and of them 10m people, or 1.4m families, are daily wage earners who are outside the ambit of any organisation such as Employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) or Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (Sessi).
  • The Sindh government developed the app with the aim of “providing rations to daily wage earners and needy people on their doorsteps”.