HumansOfDeMonetisedIndia: Sabu,The Auto Rickshaw Driver


My name is Sabu. I am an auto rickshaw driver from Perumbavoor, Kerala. Perumbavoor is the capital of migrant labourers in Kerala. A lot of migrant workers used to work near this town. After the note ban, a lot of them have lost jobs and left for home. Sunday is their holiday as well their shopping day. On a typical Sunday we used to make Rs 4000-5000. Now we hardly make Rs 1000. It was this Sunday bonanza that kept our business going. We could pay our rent and pay off other debts. On other days too we hardly make Rs 500-700. Many of my friends have stopped plying. I don’t know how they are surviving. Since I don’t have to pay rent I keep going, but I don’t know how long.

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