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Demonetisation impact: Migrant workers head back home

Labour-intensive industries in Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Alang are seeing reverse migration, due to loss of business and lack of cash

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Sohini Das & Vimukt Dave  |  Ahmedabad 

Safirul Shaikh, a migrant from West Bengal, has been living in Ahmedabad and working in the jewellery industry since he was nine years. The 30-something, winner of various awards, including a national one, has had little work since the demonetisation drive by the central government.

Shaikh runs a small shop in Sheth ni Pol, in the neighbourhood of Manek Chowk in Ahmedabad’s old city. It bears a deserted look; his workers have gone home, in the absence of work. Sitting alone in his cramped workshop, covered in thick jute carpets to make any gold dust stick to it, Shaikh cuts a ...

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First Published: Sat, December 10 2016. 23:49 IST