NOIDA, March 26 -- The 21-day lockdown announced to combat the spread of Sars-Cov-2 has started affecting domestic helps, daily wagers, rickshaw pullers and their families residing in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

Mrinalini, 30, who originally hails from Midnapore in West Bengal, works as maid in four houses at Jalvayu Vihar in Sector 25. Each house owner would pay her Rs.1,500 per month. But on last Saturday, all of her employers told her not to come, making the full and final payments.

"I have not done the work for a single rupee for the last two days. I am hopeless now as even my husband Dipak Das, who pulls rickshaw, is almost jobless. We have three children completely dependent on us. The unskilled labourers like us are the biggest los...