The global Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc across the continents, leaving behind not just thousands dead, but also the global economy in tatters.
According to estimates from the International Labour Organisation, nearly 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of the pandemic.
“The economic and labour crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by almost 25 million,” reads the ILO statement. “An initial assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on the global world of work says the effects will be far-reaching, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty, and proposes measures for a decisive, coordinated and immediate response.”
For the Nepali economy, which is already reeling from the effects of the global Covid-19 outbreak, this will mean a significant rise in unemployment, according to labour experts.
According to Jeevan Baniya, assistant director of the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility at Social Science Baha, a think tank, Covid-19 can have cascading effects on the country’s labour market.
“The impacts are already visible. Some employers have already started laying off employees whereas others have asked them to stay on unpaid leave for some time,” said Baniya. “The effects are likely to worsen in the coming days as often happens during times of shocks and disasters.”
Daily-wage earners will be the hardest hit, as they have to go out every day to make ends meet. Experts urge the state to identify the most vulnerable groups, not only in terms of safety but also those who are likely to go through immediate job loss.
As more and more cities/towns get locked, daily wage workers have turned out the most vulnerable class falling prey to unemployment. A grim thought strikes that if not the virus, unemployment could turn out to be valid reason for many daily wage earners struggling for survival. As per the Nepal Labor Force Survey 2017/18, around 62.2 per cent are employed in the informal sectors. As the government shuts down the industries, markets, companies, the physical supply and demand chain has been largely impacted. It has left the economy in noticeable decline. Amidst this situation, the most impacted ones are the daily wage earners.
The government has made all the efforts to provide and make all the essential goods accessible for purchase and supplied without being obstructed by any means. Here the question of supply itself isn’t the primary question, it’s also the means to get the demand exhausted. If the daily wage earners are not earning any cash the mere supply of the essential goods cannot be purchased at all. As cash is already critical for every business right now, it is definite that this segment will be affected the most as the lockdown continues.
There are already questions that have come up after the lockdown. Would there be possibility of daily wage earners getting any work promptly? Would the prices be the same after the lockdown? Would the production and consumption be the same at it was previously? Would there be no price gouging?
But in the present situation government has been expanding the time of lockdown. Hence the support package launched by government is not able to fulfill the basic need of the daily wage worker. Thus, CDCA has provided food support to daily wage worker, disabled people and their families and low income generating families.. This support has to be continued in coming days.
|S.No||Name||Temporary address||Permanent Address||Family members|
|2||Tek Bdr Budhathoki||Kapantar||Okhaldhunga||3|
|15||Prem Kumar Shrestha||Bunpa-10||Parsa||3|
|18||Dev Bahadur Shrestha||Bunpa-11||Sinduli||4|
|20||Buddhi Maya Rai||Bunpa-11||Ilam||7|
|22||Phul Maya Tamang||Bunpa-12||Nuwakoot||2|
|24||Dev Bdr. Basnet||Bnupa-12||Solukhumbu||7|
|29||Sharki Sherpa||Kapan Faika||Solukhumbu||5|
|40||Krishna Maya Tamang||Payatar||4|
|41||Chandra Kumari Bastola||Narayanchowk||4|
|43||Ram Kumar Bista||Narayanchowk||2|
|44||Arjun Thapaliya||Bnupa 10||9|
|45||Dil Bdr. Puri||Bnupa 11||Khotang||3|
|46||Man Bdr. Bhale||Baluwakhani||Shankuwasaba||2|
|47||Chhak Bdr. Rai||Bnupa 10||Dhankuta||3|
|48||Arjun Tamang||Bnupa 10||Dolkha||1|
|49||Santosh Rai||Bnupa 10||Dhankuta||2|
|50||Nima Sanghe Tamang||Ram Mandhir||Khotang||4|
|52||Ang Gelu Sherpa||Simaltar||Solukhumbu||4|
|53||Pemba Wonchu Sherpa||Ram Mandhir||Solukhumbu||3|
|54||Pemba Dorje Sherpa||Ram Mandhir||Solukhumbu||3|
|55||Amrit Bahadur Pariyar||Krishna Mandir||Lamjung||6|
|56||Nima Gyalbo Tamang||Durga Mandir||Sindupalchowk||4|
|61||Sita Devi Basnet||Ramechhap||4|
|69||Beduka Kumari Damai||Bnupa-10||2|
|73||Krishna Bdr Rai||Bnupa-12||Sindupalchowk||4|
|76||Dafuti Sherpa||Bnupa-12||Sotang Solu||1|
|77||Dambar Kumari Gurng||Bnupa12||Parsa||1|
|78||Gita Devi Gurung||Bnupa-12||Sindupalchowk|
|80||Jaghat Bdr Khatri||Bhupa-10||Baksila||8|
|88||Biru Dhunhana||Handi Gaun||Nuwakot||2|
|89||Arjun Bujel||Tinkune||Charikot Dolkha||7|
|94||Sunmaya Tamang||Gothatar Nawadurga Tole|
|96||Bhakta Kumari Karki||Kritipur||Ramechhap||2|
|106||Tham Bdr Pun||Aakasedhara||Myagdi|
|108||Shuntali Shrestha||Shankar Chowk||Gorkha||4|
|113||Ram Prasad Panta||Gothatar||Dolkha|
|114||Laxmi KC (father is disabled)||Gothatar||Dolkha||5|
|115||Niroj Kumar Bujel||Bnupa-11||Khotangh||2|
|124||Ganesh Dhatta Panta||Bnupa-10|
|125||Bhakta Bdr Sherstha||Kalanki|
|129||Yagmati School||Bnupa-11||3 family|
|130||Okhaldhunga Tamang Pariwar||Gothetar, Kathmandu 7||Indigenaus Group||26 family|
|132||Gyan Bdr Nagarkoti||Bnupa-12||5|