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[The Outline By Inc42 Plus] Second Wave Reopens Gig Workers’ Wounds

[The Outline By Inc42 Plus] Second Wave Reopens Gig Workers’ Wounds

Platform workers get a raw deal even as ‘employees’ get attractive Covid benefits

Dear Reader,

“Six months’ bed rest. Six months’ bed rest. Six months’ bed rest.”

Golla Mahesh sounds apologetic. He is unable to figure out how he will feed his family of four — including two young daughters — if he does not return to the streets of Hyderabad delivering food. 

Mahesh, a food delivery executive, met with an accident on April 27 when he was biking from Miyapur X Road to Kousalya Colony to make a delivery for Swiggy. Although he qualifies as a frontline worker and often puts his life on the line due to the nature of his job, he is now struggling to pay his medical bills. Worse still, he will not be able to work for the next six months.