Paradip, June 20 (LocalWire): Two school-going children have been forced to abandon their studies and start a fish business here for the maintenance of their family, since their father’s “dahivada aludum” business has been hit by the coronavirus.
Due to the threat of coronavirus, popular street snacks like gupchup or panipuri, dahivada & aludum which used to be relished by local people, have no takers now.
The sellers of these snacks are facing a big hit to their business.
These businessmen, vendors and their family members are now living in pathetic conditions due to the loss of business.
One Babuli Mallick hailing from Noliashai slum area of the port town had opened “dahivada and aludum” shop in the port town by investing a small amount of money.
The business began suffering because people are more and more beware of eating outside due to the outbreak of coronavirus, and the shutdown also lessens the number of days of his business.
Babuli narrated his sorrowful plight, “We are a family of six, including four sons, all of whom were studying in local schools in Paradip.
I had ceased the business from March due to the lockdown, but even after the relaxation of the lockdown, people are scared to eat outside food due to the threat of Coronavirus.
I used to earn Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 every month. Now, I can barely eke out survival for my family due to which my two sons began a fish business 20 days ago at Mausi Maa Chowk here in order to support our livelihood,” he added.
Chandan and Bandan were studying at Sanjaya Gandhi Government High School. Chandan recently appeared for the HSC examination while Bandan is reading in class X.
Both of them purchase fish from the local fish market from Atharbanki and sell it at Mausi Maa Chowk in the port town. Chandan cuts up the fish while Bandan sells fish to customers by weighing it.
Chandan said, “As my father is unable to transport fishes due to his old age, we began this fish business because of no restrictions on it and the huge demand for fish. We manage to earn Rs 500-800 daily,” he added.