Surat: Every single worker thrown jobless by the extended lockdown is in a sorry state and each one of them has a story to tell. But this case of a pregnant woman in Surat, who is the wife of an employed textile artisan, almost sums up the situation.
A resident of Amrakunj Society at Vijay Chowk in Surat’s Varachha Road area, Vanita Butani, 28, wants to go home to Saurashtra with her husband and deliver her first baby in her native region, but is unable to do so though the government is making arrangements for the travel of workers.
Waiting in vain for approval of her online application seeking permission to leave for Saurashtra, she, along with her husband Kiritbhai, finally knocked the doors of the Surat District Collector. Her husband, who works in an embroidery unit in Surat, is unemployed for over two months.
She pleaded at the District Collectorate here on Tuesday that, “Sir, I am seven months pregnant. I did not get online permission, so I have come to you.” The couple feels they will take care of her and their first child better in their native region. They belong to Jetpur taluka (tehsil) in Saurashtra’s Rajkot district.
Their neighbours have been taking her care for over a month but now they wish to go to their native place. They have been married for one and a half years.