Reverse migration threat looms amid recently imposed lockdown measures

by Nidhi Bhati

Industry bodies and top executives opine that the closure of non-essential retail establishments including malls, multiplexes, auto dealerships and eateries in states such as Maharashtra and night curfew in cities like Delhi, could trigger a reverse migration of workers for the second year in a row, reported Business Standard. Seventy per cent of the business comes in the evening in both Mumbai and Delhi. Night curfews will result in loss of business during peak dine-in hours and will also hit footfalls at bars and pubs. Restaurant owners fear wage and salary payouts will be a challenge in April, pushing migrants out of job and cities. Between 85 and 90 per cent of these people are front line workers employed on shop floors as retail executives or waiters, delivery persons, and kitchen staff.