For many working citizens of India, they feel comfortable returning to the workspace, especially due to the millions who were left unemployed following the beginning of lockdown in almost every Indian state. However, for individuals who have never even ceased working, a separate case can be made.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Richa Yadav, a banker from Gandhi Nagar, Gujrat, whose work had been severely deterred throughout the dormancy period, yet had never been fully halted with response to COVID-19.
“Working in the banking sector throughout this pandemic has been quite outrageous. We had never taken leave, and the only alteration made was to our hours, for the months of April and May, but soon after that, it changed back to 12-hour shifts, as if the virus did not exist,” said Richa with regard to how her employers have reacted to COVID-19 and lockdown as a whole.
When asked about how her customer interactions have changed, Richa once again hinted towards her frustration with how her bank has dealt with the situation, suggesting that “they haven’t taken many precautions, such as even limiting the number of clients that can enter the building at once,” a rudimentary measure for these times.
Luckily, Richa has relied solely on herself to ensure, not only her safety, but the health and security of her family, by continuing to work while still obeying social distancing guidelines and sanitizing regularly.
Apart from the strain placed on her work environment, Richa believes that, through the pitfalls, “Indian citizens can grow massively,” through this pandemic.
“When I was five years old, I had no idea what hand sanitizer was. No one did. Now I am seeing children actively washing their hands, and wearing masks,” remarked Richa, on what she thinks could be a significant test of maturity for the youth of India.
Hopefully, citizens in the U.S. can also navigate through the distress of this pandemic, and learn from all the readjustments that everyone has had to make.
Amit Krishna Kallakuri is an honors student at Holmdel High School and an intern for TAPinto Holmdel. Among other topics of reporting, Kallakuri brings to TAPinto readers a series of articles providing a perspective from India, regarding the impact of the pandemic.