On normal days, if you need some labourers to get some work done. How many of them would be found sitting along the road pavement. You will see some of them get the work on a particular day and rest all go back without work. We don't know if they have arrangements of lunch for their families?.
The author has told that he paid him Rs 500. It means if gets work every day he can earn a maximum of Rs 15,000/- only. But a person who is working in any company must be getting several times more than this labourer/skilled worker.
In my place we find it very difficult to get some small jobs done. Most such technical people are employed under some contractor who is interested only i bulk work of bulk amount and long period contract.
Recently our washing machine was not getting on. Power supply was not coming to the plug point. I tried all my common sense trials and tests. Then I called the electrician. He did not turn up immediately and came third day afternoon. As WM is an essential appliance it is imaginable how frustrated we felt. He also did the same tests and trials as I did. Then he opened the main switch board and eliminated by switching on and off each MCB. He then diagnosed the problem and corrected it. The MCB contact was not getting properly done as some dust particles were there in between which came down from the wire duct. He cleaned that and things became alright.
As the technician was sent drawing him from another site, he charged half a day's charge for that. My solace was that the problem got solved and I also got a small hook fixed on a wall.
Generally what I do is if there are not much essential jobs to be done, I allow aa few such repair needs to be accumulated and cal a person. But that cannot be practical when our water pump is not working, or a water tap is leaking or water pip is broken or some essential electrical appliance is not working.
Now, in the Covid lockdown situation the demand is more as they are taking some physical risk also.
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