Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Delhi mushroom farm owner books air tickets for workers

Patna: At a time when many people are losing their job and facing pay cuts amid Covid pandemic, a Delhi-based mushroom cultivator, Pappan Singh Gahlot, has sent air tickets to his employees in Samastipur so that they can return to the national capital and resume work. The mushroom cultivation season will commence from next month.
The workers will fly from Patna airport to Delhi in a GoAir flight on August 27. Gahlot has booked air tickets worth Rs 1.04 lakh for his 20 workers, who have been working in his farm for the last two decades. Besides, Gahlot will also bear other expenses, including taxi fares, of his employees.
Earlier, Gahlot had sent of his 10 workers, all from Samastipur, home by a flight on May 28. These workers were stuck in the national capital after the enforcement of countrywide lockdown by the government to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“Since 10 of my workers had already experienced the joy of air travel, I thought it was no fair on my part to leave others. For me, all my employees are equal. Hence, instead of booking train tickets for them, I bought air tickets,” Gahlot told this newspaper over the phone, adding all the workers will undergo health check-up after reaching Delhi.
Gahlot said the mushroom cultivation season would begin from September 1. “The crop will be ready for harvest in November. The work, however, will continue till the first week of March. The workers will also prepare the structure (shade) for mushroom and compost,” he said.
25/08/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India
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