Life On Wages!
Life On Wages!
-By Rishika Desai
I’ve seen a lot of money; I can spend without keeping an account but still can’t get enough. Life seemed perfect until one day on my trip to Tea plantation estate changed my feelings completely. There I saw labour that was in charge of the day to collect three bags full of tea leaves and report back to the station downhill. She seemed happy with her work as it was the highest-earning job she had to support her three fatherless kids.
My heart cried out that day to know how undervalued our Indian labours are who don’t get appropriate means to make their livings. Their physical and tedious work is directly proportional to a few hundred bucks which don’t even get them a two-time meal or insurance from their injuries. Many succumb to the deadly snake bites while working and others die under the pressure of bulky sacks of the load. A daily travelling of a few kilometres, sometimes barefooted, and up and down the hills just in hope of getting extra money; respect is far from expectations.
All we need to know is you can have a number of bank accounts and even then you will need these labours for your work; be it household or business based. Similar to farmers, these workers form the backbone of our nation. All they need is a better living of standard for their kids and if possible, a compromised yet stable life for themselves. Our Indian society needs to value them and also keep various plans for them. Thanks to the developing state of our nation such that they have drawn various schemes, but is everyone benefitted from it? To frame it better, do these plans reach every starving home? If these workers can reach a far limit just for a few bucks then it’s a great thing to make them feel their importance. Just smile at them, it costs nothing!