Naka Kamgar (Daily Wage Worker at the Cross Road):
Every morning, hundreds of daily-wage workers from in and around Vile Parle gather at the Mazdoor naka near the railway station, waiting for contractors to hire them for the day. Since mid-November, the labourers, many of them migrants, are finding it increasingly hard to find employment.
Work is not progressing at construction sites owing to the cash crunch. So there aren’t many contractors coming to the naka. Earlier, by around 10 am., almost all of these daily wage workers would be taken for work. But now, they just wait at the Naka (Cross road) till midday and then go back to their rooms. Sometimes they are unemployed for over 20 days at a stretch. The slump in the work market is driving many of the migrants back to their villages. The daily plight and struggle of these daily wage workers has been portrayed in the photographs.