“Hotel manager forced to sell vegetables on road”, hotelier humbly requests Kejriwal for help

Coronavirus has put the entire world in a lockdown as there is no antidote of this disease so far. Millions of people across India are under shutdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The pandemic has left a huge impact on the lives of almost everyone. The shutdown has also left hoteliers in disarray. In yet another heartbreaking news, a hotelier in Delhi claims that today, many hoteliers are currently struggling to meet the daily expenses due to lockdown. The situation has gone from bad to worse due to the pandemic.

A video has gone viral on social media in which a hotelier from Delhi named Lalit says that the hospitality sector has been among the worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Delhi government has allowed markets in the city to re-open but malls, restaurants and hotels are still closed.

The video, which is doing the rounds on social media, shows that the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the hospitality industry. Several restaurants and cafes have been closed since the lockdown began, while large hotel chains are struggling to pay salaries, and in some cases, even laying off staff.

In the video, Lalit, who is a manager in a hotel in Delhi, is seen urging Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to re-open malls. Lalit has been working in the hotel for over 14 years and is now jobless and struggling to earn a livelihood.

In the video, the hotel manager is seen requesting PM Modi to pay attention to employees who are jobless and forced to sell vegetables. The situation has been so much worse affected due to the shutdown that people have been compelled to do anything to meet the expense of the family.

Manager, Assistant manager, executives have no other way but to sell masks, sanitizers, and vegetables to run the house expenses. Many employees have lost their jobs in lockdown and hence they are not able to pay rent and landlords are not ready to compromise with the situation.

He further blamed Modi government for rising petrol. The petrol price has crossed Rs 80 per litre mark in the city. He says, “”I am not an economist but I am certainly sure that this is not the way to harass the people, this is not the way to handle the people and this is not at all a way to handle the economy.”

He further says, “PM Modi Ji, you are doing a great job, how you deal with terrorists, how you deal with Pakistan, how you dealing with China and how you dealing with foreign relative matters is excellent, but the way you are handling the economy is equally bad.” “The day is not far off when people will have no money to eat,” he added.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.