Baripada, 30 April (LocalWire): During the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, nearly 200 new vegetable shops can be found in the Baripada town of Mayurbhanj district.
People who were previously engaged in private firms and shops have been forced to sell vegetables and essential commodities. It may be noted that only the sale of groceries, vegetables, and other essential commodities is unrestricted.
While some people were engaged as salesmen in garment stores, others were conductors, auto-rickshaw, bus, and truck drivers, and yet others worked in food stalls.
One Susanta Naik of Budhmara village was a salesman in a garment showroom for the past fifteen years.
He is now a street vendor who sells vegetables near Lalbazaar.
“To meet the basic needs of my family, I decided to sell vegetables through which I manage to make a profit of nearly Rs.200,” he said.
Gandhar Dehuri, who used to drive an auto-rickshaw, told LocalWire that he had Rs.3,000 with him before the lockdown. He spent nearly Rs.1000 for procuring groceries within a week of lockdown.
He has now opened a vegetable shop in the front of his house. “Now I can afford the basic needs of my family,” he said.
Santosh Kumar Sahu, the owner of a tea shop, Arun Kumar Sahu, Rashananda Prusty, Parshuram Barik, and many others are now selling vegetables as a result of which, nearly 200 new vegetable shops can be found in Baripada market.