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Kamal Khan realised early that his family legacy of folk music will not be a paying proposition and decided to learn carpentry. He used to earn Rs 500 a day and lived in a two-room house in Anjaiah Nagar with his wife, three school-going sons, school-going nephew and niece, and a jobless younger brother.
But the lockdown wiped out his livelihood. Maintaining social distancing, too, is not feasible in his 300 sq ft tenement.
With the Telangana government’s offer of 12 kilos of rice and Rs 500 in cash not reaching him a week into the lockdown, Khan is worried. We will have to go hungry by the 10th day if no help arrives, he says.