A 58 year old man, vijay Kumar Singh, has lived in kolkata for more than four decades but has never shut been forced to shut his pan shop. A few days ago, Singh was forced to shut his shop for the first time.
He said, I am in kolkata from the last 35-40 years. I have a pan shop here. I have some fields at my hometown. I asked my family members to spend money from the amount reactive from the field because the money I have is not enough for me. My shop is closed from last 8 days and will be close for coming days as well, he said. So how will I live my livelihood? Food is the biggest issue for today. Everything is closed. From where will we get something to eat? My family is in Jahangirabad. I never saw something like this in my life, he said.
There are many other businesses in the vicinity of the calcutta Stock Exchange area who are facing the same situation.
But there are many other in the vicinity of calcutta Stock Exchange Area who have the business crowd on weekdays and families visiting them on weekends for buying fruits or having a snack. Mohd. Sikandar, a fruit seller, said it is the government’s duty to ensure that everyone has some money in this situation. He said shopkeepers are overpricing products and there is no way he can earn money to buy things at inflated prices. Shopkeepers said he didn’t have the stock so he is selling it at a higher price. I am bearing a loss of around Rs 500 - 600 per day. Now I am spending my savings. If not 2 meals in a day, will have at least 1 meal a day, he said.