ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BIHAR- Travails of Migrant Labour

LAST month, Jiya Manjhi left his village, Madhubani, with two brothers and five of his fellow villagers. All of them were leaving their family behind in distress, in the hope of finding employment Jiya borrowed Rs 200 from Ugrasen, a village trader, to meet the travel expenses. Mori, one of his companions, raised some money by selling of his goat. They were on their way to Punjab the land of hope. They had heard they could earn good wages there. Some people they knew in the neighbouring villages had managed to earn enough money to start paying their debts to the mahajan. Moreover Rambaran, a labourer of phenhara village, had a hovel but now owns a bamboo thatched hut. With such dreams, Jiya Manjhi and his companions, eight men in all, hitch a ride on a lorry at Seikhpura Bazar to reach the district town of Motihari from where they would board a Punjab- bound train.

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