Brick kiln workers packing bags home
By Anjali Ramtel, Lalitpur (RSS) : Migrant workers who had come from the remote western districts of the country to work in brick kilns in the Kathmandu Valley have begun returning to their homes because of paltry earning.
Brick kiln workers at one such brick kiln in Imadole, Lalitpur who have been working since the beginning, are preparing to leave for their home district of Rolpa as their earning was so paltry it was difficult to make ends meet.
Sixty-year-old Kalkiram Pun Magar who hails from Rolpa district in mid-west of the country and who has been working at the brick kiln for over 14 years is thinking of returning home.
“Neither could I save some money nor was it enough to buy food for the family despite the hard toil,” said Magar with a sigh. “You don’t even earn 6,000 bucks even though working since 2 am until late into the night.”
Magar is among the hundreds of people from his district who came to the capital to work in mushrooming brick kilns some 14 years back. But he has lost hopes of making a decent earning 14 years down the line.
The brick kiln workers get Rs. 700 for making 1,000 bricks.
Although Magar has enough farmland back home to support his family, he says he came here with the hope of making more income. Like hundreds of others from his district, he was brought here to work in brick kiln in Lalitpur by a middle-man.
Many families with children from Rolpa and Rukum are found working as brick kiln labourers.
Similar is the experience of Mana Kumari Magar, a mother of four from Rolpa district. She and her husband have been working at the brick kiln for over 14 years.
After toiling for these many years and no significant earning at the end of the day, Mana Kumari’s family has also decided to return home.
Around 70 per cent workers at this brick kiln are from Rolpa district and a majority of them have decided to return home.