Monday, August 24, 2020

Delhi-Based Mushroom Farmer Buys Flight Tickets to Bring Back 20 Migrant Workers From Bihar

Delhi-based mushroom farmer, who had sent 10 of his workers to their home state Bihar by plane in May during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, has now booked air tickets for them and 10 other migrant labourers to return and join work.
Pappan Singh has booked tickets worth over Rs 1 lakh so that the workers, who have toiled for him, some for over 20 years, can join him in farming mushrooms during the August to April season.
Of the 20 workers, 10 of them would be flying for the first time, and they will arrive at the IGI Airport on August 27. They will start working in the new mushroom farming season along with Singh in Delhi’s Tigipur village.

Talking to PTI over the phone from his native village in Bihar’s Samastipur district, Naveen Ram said they are excited to travel on a plane, but added that he is not nervous this time as he has the experience of his first air travel in May.
Naveen was among the 10 migrant workers who Singh had sent back home in May after they were stuck in Delhi following the coronavirus-forced lockdown in the country.

He said they had tried to book railway tickets to reach Delhi, but trains are not available for the next one-and-a-half-month.
"If we wait for trains, we cannot do mushroom farming this season, which starts in August. When we told our ‘malik’ (employer) about this, he said that he will book flight tickets for us so that there is no delay,” Naveen said.

Recalling his first flight experience in May, he said that he was nervous because all of the 10 workers did not know airport formalities.

But now, Naveen said, he knows how to get through such formalities at an airport.

According to him, Singh has also made travel arrangements for all 20 migrant workers to reach Patna airport on August 27 from their native places.
24/08/20 PTI/
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