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Demonetisation, GST: Mirzapur's slowdown in local biz leads to joblessness

The growing rate of unemployment in Mirzapur is palpable not only in the hordes of out-of-work daily wagers here but also can be seen in downed factory shutters, derelict cold storages

The data from the National Sample Survey Office suggests that the rate of unemployment in Uttar Pradesh is the fourth highest in the country at  6.4 per cent in 2017-18
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The data from the National Sample Survey Office suggests that the rate of unemployment in Uttar Pradesh is the fourth highest in the country at 6.4 per cent in 2017-18

Geetanjali Krishna Mirzapur
It is past noon at Mirzapur’s Teliaganj labour chowk. Over 100 daily wagers are returning home after not being hired for a day’s work. Ramu Maurya is one of them. He cycles 20 km from his village to the chowk in search of work every day. In the last five years, Maurya has observed that jobs available have reduced, while the number of job-seekers has increased. “Now I find out-of-work carpet weavers, factory workers and women at the Labour Chowk,” he says. “While earlier, I worked for over 20 days in a month, now I’m lucky to find work for

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 11:10 PM IST

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