The pandemic has played a major role changing the lives of people and affecting most of the business. While the work load has risen for those who have been working from home, many daily wage workers have lost their income, few businessmen have totally random earning experiences.
Aiming to have a local knowledge, TLN spoke to few people having different work profiles, asking them about the effects of lock down and the pandemic on their business.
Jayush Patil, Government Contractor & Manufacturer of automobile parts said, “Lockdown had major effect on construction and manufacturing units the most major problem faced today is availability of skilled labour as they have migrated to their native places. Another major factor is economic instability as there was virtually no income from march 2020 but on the other hand employee salaries, office maintenance were paid by us and now we are getting heavy electricity bills. Even transportation cost have gone up by around 20 to 25 percent.”
CA Ashish Chandak, Practicing Chartered Accountant had a different view, “Lockdown as such didn’t have much of an impact on CA’s as we could very well manage our affairs through online channels. Business has slowed down as there are relaxation on complaisance, but all in all its neutral for our profession. This period also presented us, as an opportunity to venture into new areas, particularly in the virtual mode of practice.
The artist category is amongst the most who are struggling with earnings and seeking projects, to which he, Shantanu Samarth, Owner at Soundmash Records said, As a non-essential commodity, obviously the art industry was going to suffer in the lockdown. The live music scene will be affected for another year or so. Only recording projects have any hope left.
Vikram-Aditya, Posiedon Aqua said, “Being in packaged drinking water manufacturing, my unit was not closed for a single day but all of the market where we use to supply water was shut due lock down, so the peak season of our business i.e Summer was ruined.
S. Vinod, Liquor store owner, experiencing a boon in his liquor business told TLN, “Having a liquor store in a rural area has been a blessing as only rural stores have been allowed to sell over the counter. Sales have gone up, but maintaining decorum and ensuring social distancing is always our top priority.