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“The number of people looking for work at labour chowks in sectors 9, 17, 12, 18, 56, Bhuteshwar temple, Bristol Chowk and Ghata village is decreasing every day,” Saroha said.

Workers earn 450-550 per day and a skilled mason earns up to 700 per day, however, the wage on offer is also lower at present. “No one is ready to offer work. Those who do are willing to pay only half the salary,” Banwari, who works as a mason, said.


Desraj, the state president of Kamgar union, said that the condition of workers across Haryana is miserable. He highlighted the plight of brick kiln workers in Jhajjar, who are unable to subsist due to the cash crunch.

The realty sector, which was already in a slowdown, has been hit hard by the demonetisation, builders said. “At many real estate sites, work was stopped due to slowdown as well as due to NGT order. Now, the note ban has made things even more difficult as there is no cash to buy materials or pay wages,” a realtor said.

The Gurgaon labour department officials said that they are carrying out a survey of workers and are also helping them open bank accounts. “Reverse migration has increased, no doubt, but there is no need to panic. We are opening bank accounts to help workers and a survey will soon give us the exact status,” Jaibeer Arya, additional labour commissioner, Gurgaon, said.

Meanwhile, workers said that they will leave town for good if things do not improve soon.

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