Delhi: Months long lockdown left auto-rickshaw driver’s family starving and more worryingly it cast a shadow on his long cherished dream to see his daughter as a teacher and son pilot.
But it was not all over for him. Sudhir Kumar Roy 48, pinned hopes on unlock to cover up losses and move forward to provide better education to children so that his only dream was realised but sadly it has not helped so far, as he and his men still struggle to find enough customers.
Roy, a rickshaw service provider and himself a rickshaw driver has been operating in Delhi for over two decades but has never seen such bad times in his life, he says.
“I have toiled hard all through my life to provide a better education to my daughter and son. But months long lockdown has almost shattered my only dream to see my daughter as teacher and son pilot,” said Roy.
“What haunts me more is I don’t find enough work even in unlock as most of people still fear to travel through rickshaws and other means of public transport,” he added.
Roy started rickshaw service in Delhi years before engaging 20 men with rickshaws. Everything was going according to plan until Covid-19 pandemic hit India.
Thousands of people lost their jobs due to pandemic in the country and it left Roy and his men struggling for survival. The pandemic hit the daily workers or labourers, badly.
Roy, who hails from Bihar moved to Delhi in 1997 in search of better work opportunities and to secure a good future for his children.
He has toiled hard ever since he shifted to Delhi and was hopeful that his dream of seeing his children doing jobs respectfully would be realised in near future.
But the months long lockdown left him struggling and even the unlock has not given him the much needed respite, so far.
“I am reeling under a huge debt and spend sleepless nights wondering how to earn reasonably good and give better education to my children.” he said